Brixton Somerleyton Road development and Brixton Green - funding, proposed rents etc

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by ViolentPanda, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Further to my December 14th post, I received this notification on 2nd March 2017:
    The Community Trust has been set up!!
    Somerleyton Trust is now an official legal entity!
    The Somerleyton Trust is now registered with Companies House.
    This community trust has been set up to lease the site from Lambeth for 250 years.

    Full time Director for the Trust
    During the next two weeks, the Transition Director for the Trust will be appointed. Twenty-five impressive candidates have applied.

    TONIGHT: AGM & Housing Debate
    Venue: Pop Brixton, 49 Station Road, SW9 8PQ

    6.30pm Annual General Meeting

    7.30pm Housing Debate
    Can community-led solutions help solve the housing crisis?

    Patrick Smith(Chair) Senior reporter @ BuzzFeed UK
    Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change
    Laura Gardiner, Resolution Foundation
    Dinah Roake, Brixton Green

    Our mailing address is:
    Brixton Green Ltd
    89 Acre Lane
    London, Greater london SW2 5TN
    United Kingdom
    Sorry I can't reproduce he graphics. But just now I did check whether it was indeed true that the Somerleyton Trust is registered with Companies House.

    Having checked I can reveal the following information:
    SOMERLEYTON TRUST (reg 28/2/17)
    Company number 10644154
    1 officer / 0 resignations
    ALCOCK, David
    Correspondence address
    134 Edmund Street, Birmingham, Uk, B3 2ES
    Role Active Director
    Date of birth February 1969
    Appointed on 28 February 2017
    Nationality British
    Country of residence Uk
    Occupation Solicitor

    I find this all a bit bizarre. Brixton Green is constantly going on about its local credentials, yet they are apparently still in the process of taking over a company from a company formations solicitor and have not yet registered any Brixton based director.

    In retrospect I should have gone to the AGM - but there was no notice at all. I would have been interested to hear what the Resolution Foundation had to say about Brixton Green business model.

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  2. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    Still using Opus 89 Acre Lane as the mailing address but have dissolved the bit with "Community Land"...
    Is that some sort of Freudian slip?

    From Company House
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It comes over so fucking slapdash and dodgy.
  4. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    News of the Brixton Green AGM.

    Resolution Foundation led a discussion about the situation regarding housing and unaffordability. The Resolution Foundation PowerPoint slides can be found here, though without context all I can say is it looks like standard middle of the road analysis. They do at least point out that with the collapse in interest rates, housing has become an income investment (buy-to-let) which is obviously true.

    Sadly we see the departure of Brad Carroll (!?!)

    With the employment of the Transition Director funded by Power to Change, Brad Carroll is stepping down as director of Brixton Green, a role he has carried out on a voluntary basis since 2008.

    Brad said: "I am so proud to have been part of this amazing project. Our community has developed a solution which could provide over 50% affordable homes, an accountable landlord and support for public services. This could change how public land is developed in London. Over 1300 local people are now shareholders, we have a great transition director and an impressive board. I look forward to the day that Lambeth Council sign the lease, and even more, I look forward to seeing this wonderful project built!"

    BG have not yet announced who the "Transition Director" is AFAIK.
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The notable part (my bold and caps)

    "Our community has developed a solution which COULD provide over 50% affordable homes, an accountable landlord and support for public services"

    I have zero respect for Brixton Green.
  6. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I'm not one to support the Council. But this is bollox. The scheme to develop the site as a Council owned one with some attempt at affordable housing has nothing to do with Brixton Green.

    Why the Council let BG get away with this is beyond me.
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Presumably the fact there seems to be zero progress on the site it tied up with this.
  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    One thing that could be an issue is the Special Purpose Vehicle. A big reason for doing this is to stop RTB. If there is RTB the financial model will not work.

    Looks now that this government regards that as a loophole exploited by Councils. So will change legislation to allow RTB in SPVs.
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  9. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Interesting to see Brad Carroll stepping aside, wonder what pies he's now got his fingers in.
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  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Brad out, planning permission in.

  11. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    But what does that mean? True the decision notice is issued today - 18 months after the original application.

    But do you think that the Milegate application on 16-20 Somerleyton Road - approved on 5 August 2016 - will not now go ahead? And/or are the parties even now sorting out a "compromise agreement"? I think we should be told.

    NB The Lambeth housing planning application agent has an interesting address:

    London Borough Of Lambeth
    c/o Ms Hilary Satchwell
    19 Maltings Place
    169 Tower Bridge Road
    SE1 3JB
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  12. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Following my shock discovery this morning that the Angela Davis Trading Estate has now been completely demolished (in about 2 weeks work according to a local man I spoke to) I did some digging around.

    Lambeth apparently considered a report about the Compulsory Purchase of 16-22 Somerleyton Road on 28th October 2016.

    This put forward a revised schedule for the Somerleyton Road Flagship scheme:
    Planning application submitted December 2015
    Planning committee December 2015
    Planning permission issued November 2016
    Start on site June 2017
    CPO confirmed Autumn 2017
    First units completed July 2018
    Project completed December 2019

    I guess the report must've been adopted/approved. There is a confidential part II report dealing with the financial aspects .This is not publicly available - unless we could persuade Wikileaks??

    I guess whoever funded the Milegate planning application may well be collecting an enhanced fee for their trouble getting in an architect. And Lambeth of course losing out. Why did Lambeth not proceed with the CPO as soon as they realised it was needed? One possible explanation lies in section 3 (Finance) on page 7 of the report attached: the land acquisition costs were to be taken in phase II of the project - 2016 or after.

    There is likely to be a pubic enquiry into the CPO,unless agreement is reached - timetable here:
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  13. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Was just reading this obituary of the poet James Berry (b. 1924 Jamaica d. 20 June 2017)
    James Berry lived for part of his life in Somerleyton Road, and in 1978 was writer in residence at Vauxhall Manor School.
    Later moved to Brighton.
    James Berry obituary

    Just thought I'd post this up. Poetry came out of Somerleyton Road once before - and hopefully will again.

    Fantasy of an African Boy
    by James Berry
    Such a peculiar lot
    we are, we people
    without money, in daylong
    yearlong sunlight, knowing
    money is somewhere, somewhere.

    Everybody says it’s big
    bigger brain bother now,
    money. Such millions and millions
    of us don’t manage at all
    without it, like war going on.

    And we can’t eat it. Yet
    without it our heads alone
    stay big, as lots and lots do,
    coming from nowhere joyful,
    going nowhere happy.

    We can’t drink it up. Yet
    without it we shrivel when small
    and stop forever
    where we stopped, as lots and lots do.

    We can’t read money for books.
    Yet without it we don’t
    read, don’t write numbers,
    don’t open gates in other countries,
    as lots and lots never do.

    We can’t use money to bandage
    sores, can’t pound it
    to powder for sick eyes
    and sick bellies. Yet without
    it, flesh melts from our bones.

    Such walled-round gentlemen
    overseas minding money! Such
    bigtime gentlemen, body guarded
    because of too much respect
    and too many wishes on them:

    too many wishes, everywhere,
    wanting them to let go
    magic of money, and let it fly
    away, everywhere, day and night,
    just like dropped leaves in wind!

    James Berry
    James Berry was a Jamaican poet who settled in England in the 1940s. He won the 1981 National Poetry Competition with his poem 'Fantasy of an African Boy'.
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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The ship is leaking

    Somerleyton Road regeneration needs an extra £778K as Lambeth Council loses control of key site area
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I liked this reader comment on Buzz:

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  16. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Read Jason's article in Brixton Buzz. Also read the officers report linked into Brixton Buzz article. It's written in technical language. So I may not have understood all of it.

    So Ovalhouse and Carlton Mansions ( Blocks B and A in report) will be built first. No explanation given in report on why rest of scheme isn't starting at same time.

    Ovalhouse will fund theatre on grant funding and from sale of the site they own in the Oval. What is missing is the section 106 money which was to be put towards Blocks A and B from building the rest of the site.

    There is a lot in report about Ovalhouse. The theatre in Brixton will be new build. Unlike Carlton Mansions. Which will be working with old building. There is little in report on the Mansions. Somewhat concerning. I can't make it out from the report if the Mansions will be dealt with as a separate " risk" . Or if the whole Block A and B are being treated as one scheme.
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  17. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Looking on the Brixton Green link from Jason's Buzz article - hoping for news (of Somerleyton).
    Quirky article relating to a talk by Dinah Roake at Pop Brixton about housing quality and equality at Pop Brixton.

    Whilst this stuff has its heart it the right place, where was Brixton Green when the council fucked up on the warehouse units at 16-20 Somerleyton Road, and why aren't they asking Lambeth Council to release details of the current situation to public scrutiny?

    The fact that Brixton Green has no current news on its website indicates they are either not in the loop (highly likely) or they are party to information which is being withheld from the public (always a possibility).
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  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Brixton Green represents little more than the interested of those people behind it.
  19. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    Can anyone explain the Clapham reference in the comments? Without it being libellous?
  20. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Imo they are party to information being withheld from the public. As Brixton Buzz article says the Steering Group minutes are being withheld due to "commercial confidentiality".

    This despite in early days of this project that openness was important part of this supposedly community minded project.

    As I've said before, as someone who lived on the site and took part in consultation on this site and Brixton, Brixton Green number one aim is to gain control of the site.

    Fortunately they won't get there hands on Carlton Mansions. As that's going to Oval house. Who I trust. Why I'm a bit concerned by the recent report. I'm wondering if things may change.
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  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Just to make sure I've got this straight: Brixton Green put themselves forward as representing the views of the local community, but then that community can't actually see the minutes of the meetings where they're there claiming to be representing their views?
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  22. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    "Commercially Sensitive" = we don't want you to know that we sold you down the Effra...
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  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    That does appear how it is.
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I see from their site that they're employing the rent structure that the Tories proposed for council homes: if you earn too much your rent goes up - and you have to show your landlord your payslips.

    Best not take that promotion then, else your rent goes up...


    A New Approach To Renting | Brixton Green
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    In their blurb, they claim to have put on several community events "attended by over 1,000 people." Any idea what these events were?

    About Us | Brixton Green
  26. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Had a look at Brixton Green website. Just to check. Since CH1 posted up new "press release" has just appeared.

    Theatre’s move to Brixton steps closer | Brixton Green

    The theatre did preceed Brixton Green interest in the site.

    This is of interest:

    That's going to be interesting to see. First tool should be to make all Steering Group minutes past and present, not redacted unless with very good reason ,all public.
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  27. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Yes I knew this. They had this approach from the very beginning. Which was one reason I was never that keen. This isn't traditional social housing. And it was at the very beginning they had this concept in one form or the other. Before asking community.

    Imo what community want is Council housing on secure tenancies at social rent. Or Housing Association equivalent ( which is disappearing).

    You are right to see this is what the Tories want.

    It doesn't he!p to build a stable community having this kind of set up. And it's unlikely these will be secure tenancies like old Council tenancies are.

    Setting up a model like this will help to undermine the future of social housing as we used to know it.

    The person they have employed as director is from the housing association sector. He thinks this kind of model is the future.
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  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    God there website is annoying.

    Take this quote:
    From this

    No they didn't. When I was on the site I used to try and keep up with Councils possible ideas for the site.

    Officers had been thinking of putting forward proposal for the Council to develop the site directly before Brixton Green appeared. Other Councils had already been doing this in London. So officers were thinking of it in Lambeth.
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Join a walking PR tour:

  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Don't you think the Somerleyton situation is getting like Brexit?
    [meaning Brixton Green plough on regardless hoping to con the people into believing they have somehow taken back control]

    What is the difference between the Somerleyton Trust and this:

    It would be nice to know why there has to be a trust behind a trust - if we are going to trust anything they say!
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2017
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