Former job centre in Josephine Avenue in Brixton is squatted

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by leanderman, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    A tweet I saw today suggests that the former job centre in Josephine Avenue has been occupied, in some way or other.

    A planning application had just been put in for 42 studio flats for students.
     
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  2. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Here is the sign. No idea what it means ImageUploadedByTapatalk1348656180.315088.jpg
     
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  4. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    studio flats for students? you'd get a load more students in if it were a propa 'Halls of Residence.'

    Nice one anyway, been empty a while, ;)
     
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  5. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    it's worth noting that the message of welcome is written on the outside of the glass, the notice on the inside. so someone local is pleased to see them!
     
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  6. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    You walk past there every day, you say?! ;)
     
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  7. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    heh, not me this time :D
     
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  8. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    do i look like a man who uses smileys in graffiti?
     
  9. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    I have no idea! :D
     
  10. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Yeah, that seems to be the latest money-spinning wheeze for developers. I'd be interested to see how developers would get "change of use" from business to residential, though.
     
  11. ajdown

    ajdown Posting in this thread

    Why would students want to live in Brixton? Surely somewhere nearer their place of study would be a better idea?

    Or is it just more hipsterisation?
     
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  12. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    Well, around here they ask Steve Reed and he says ok then, just this once.
     
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  13. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    student digs are very popular money making schemes at the moment for aspiring slum landlords. you can charge almost 200 a week for basically a tiny room. way more profitable than renting out flats.
     
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  14. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    This is true. That's what the proposal is for the building above Iceland. although I can't remember whether it was ever approved. They originally put in planning for 100s of little flats in there, but it was refused and then they replied for a slightly more reasonable number.
     
  15. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    That's not really very feasible for someone who goes to a City Centre uni.
     
  16. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Well there's Camberwell Art College, Southbank University, Kings College and Goldsmiths all within a couple of miles, and I guess there's the attraction of a tube station, loads of nightlife and a Foxton's on the High Street.
     
  17. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    :D :D
     
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  18. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    You forgot "...and here's my account number". ;)
     
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  19. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Yep - there's some proposed to be built at Herne Hill, and there's a MASSIVE development going up on the corner of Landor Road/Stockwell Road with hundreds of student flats.
     
  20. Not a Pleb

    Not a Pleb New Member

    As Crispy would point out, were he here, building student flats reduces the pressure on big family homes that might otherwise be used as shared student housing.
     
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  21. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    *eyebrow!
    and how would you know that? :hmm:
     
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  22. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I had this very thought, but had to rush for my train :D
     
  23. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    I'd be surprised if they didn't get change of use.

    The building, in a residential road, has failed to attract any business tenants whatsoever since it's one-off venture as a business premises. That would suggest its current designation is not viable.
     
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  24. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I have a group of students living next door. They are lovely- charming, friendly, etc etc, but never have parties and 2 drive new Beamers. I knew there were students like that, but never thought I'd meet them in Brixton. Clapham, quite possibly. (And can't help feeling student life is seriously missing something these days....)
     
  25. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    The lights are very much on in there - quite a few squatters. After six years of idleness, it is odd, and pleasing, to see the building in use.

    I suspect the studio scheme will prevail however, and that is not all bad.
     
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  26. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Good, the building can't have been there more than 20 years and to have been sitting there doing nothing for six years is ridiculous
     
  27. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    true, i hadn't thought of that. and actually that's definitely a good thing around here.
     
  28. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I guess that once you've taken on tens of K debt for your course and tens more K for living, the price of a Beemer doesn't seem all that extravegant!:D
     
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  29. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Oh come on, ketamine's not that expensive.
     
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  30. billythefish

    billythefish toad licker

    Just seen someone putting padlocks on the gates... not sure if it was an owner or a squatter though.
     

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