Say hello to Barratt Homes' 'Brixton Square' on Coldharbour Lane (old Cooltan site)

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, May 14, 2012.

  1. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I have no idea if there have been any studies on this.... I will look it up on my next conference call!
    What I am objecting to is the 'build more' argument being used without any thought- there is loads of housing stock empty. You can't generalise about it, but a more thoughtful policy would address spiralling housing costs, why so many people need/want to be in the south east (I'd sell a kidney rather than move out to the grey culture-free wasteland of the Thames valley, but it is almost as chocka as London, while amazing cities like Sheffield have plenty of space), why houses are empty- both second homes and council houses due to be demolished and rebuilt that never get past shuttered and falling to pieces.... My badly expressed point was that an assumption that if people want more of something you give it to them (well, sell it to them) without reflection has been proven wrong so many times, it warrants careful thought.
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  2. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I am going to have to defend suits a little bit- not all are bad. Some (like me and my other half, I hope) moved here some time ago because we liked the people, the atmosphere etc. We have spent lots of time trying to use local businesses and have committed to, and put down roots in, the area. (We do use Tesco though as it is often the only place nearby to get milk at 10pm....) I agree with the concerns as I do worry about the Clapham effect, but lashing out at all 'suits' isn't fair, and risks creating the us and them atmosphere we all surely want to avoid. I think anyone is welcome in Brixton- as long as they treat the place, its history and complexities with respect.
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  3. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I wear a suit :mad:

    But I dry clean it with Febreeze :)

    PFWC :cool:
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  4. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    PFWC know how to sponge their suit to keep it clean, ya middle-class poseur with yer B.O.-neutralising spray! :mad:
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  5. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    Marketing day there at the moment - go and inquire about buying and get a free glass of wine!
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  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I went past but couldn't bring myself to go in. Too many clipboards and swivel action suits.
  7. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    What's a "swivel action suit"?
  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Someone a bit like this:

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  9. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    I went in, posed as a buyer and drank their free bubbly. I felt a bit dirty tbh.

    There was a wide range of people there: posh white people, posh black people, posh asian people.

    Two Jamaican guys were stood on the pavement outside looking in and muttering something about "bloodclart rich workers."

    They are giving free ipads to people who make a reservation.

    There are 5 blocks of flats in the development, which will be called "Windrush", "Academy", "Ritzy", "Brady" and "Village".

    Flicking through their glossy brochures (full of pics of Brixton Village, pics of people raving it up in the Academy, and pics of parks which aren't even in Brixton) I was soon cornered by an agent who started giving me the spiel. I was probably the scruffiest person in there but she still asked me if I was a buy-to-let investor (!) and handed me a sheet showing potential rental income and annual gross yields etc.

    I was interested in their reaction about the "affordable homes" thing and was about to ask when she handed me a plan of the building showing the make up of affordable, private, commercial etc (I'll scan it and post it up if anyone's interested?) The 'affordable' bits of the building seem to be stuck in the back corner of the development (next to the railway lines) on each floor. There are some flats on the ground floor (which face Coldharbour Lane) which were marked "planning to be agreed" which I assume are the flats in question re: the change in planning we've been discussing.

    I made my excuses and left. I felt pretty miserable about the whole thing, which was compounded when I got back outside and saw one of the agents had parked their car right across the pavement. A guy in a wheelchair was coming along the pavement and had to go out into the road in rush hour traffic to get past the car.

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  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Please no. They're not really plundering Brixton's history in this manner are they?
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  11. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    What the actual fuck :mad: :facepalm:
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  12. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    What are they projecting these places will rent for?
  13. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    £310 per week for a one bed, £360 per week for a two bed (which they say is based on independent valuations made in April 2012.) Quick calculation makes that £1343 per month for a one bed, £1560 per month for a two bed.
  14. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    I think that's a "style." Several of the new blocks of low-rise flats near me look like incomplete prisons.
  15. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Fuck. Me.
  16. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Over £16k a year rent on a 1 bed :(
  17. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    Nothing like affordable. :mad:
  18. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    there are more expensive 1 beds in Brixton according to rightmove, some over £400 pw

    pretty staggered tbh. it wasn't that long ago i was living in a massive 3 bed flat off Croxted Road for well under £300pw. Not Brixton i know but even bloody so.

    (shared flat that is, not £300pw each)
  19. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    holy crap!
  20. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    I hoped the recession had seen off all that btl rubbish.
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  21. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    the 2-beds cost £339k and, with stamp duty, £350k+

    a 100pc interest-only mortgage at 5pc to cover that would be about £1,458pm

    it's £1,560pm to rent

    so it seems a crap deal for the renter and the buy-to-letter!

    (of course, most landlords will put up large cash deposits and so pay much less than £1,458)
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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    But to Let is still feasible in London if not in other parts of the country. So they are pushing that angle for sales. Buy to Let is no way to create a stable community in an area. A lot of flats in new developments go to Buy to Let investors.
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  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Sounds like News of the World article.:D

    A new place to go for a dirty night out.:cool: Must visit there showroom soon.

    Was the estate agent fit?:D

    Thanks for going BH and the informative post. Do scan up the plan.
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  24. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    I thought it had made it worse tbh. Less people can afford to buy so demand is transferred to rent and pushes rent up, while interest rates are very low. Makes BTL still very attractive to those with the money even if they aren't making the easy capital gains they were.
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  25. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    I would have hoped that because mortgages are harder to get hold of now, banks wouldn't lend to people who are leveraged to fuck...
  26. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Maybe for some - the people who aren't in already but fancy getting an extra house and getting someone else to pay for it are probably finding it harder. The even richer ones are still at it though AFAIK.
  27. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    Probably, yeah, because there's not much money to be made elsewhere.
  28. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

  29. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    It's not in this case. It's clearly unfinished. It's something that ought to be enforced by Lambeth planning dept really, although I imagine the building's owners will say it's a "temporary" arrangement.
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  30. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    yes please
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