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Walton Lodge Laundry, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton has closed for good

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Not withstanding his crass misrepresentation, do you think it even remotely likely that they might arrive at Rushy's rather singular and damning conclusion given that they responded to a tweet from Brixton Buzz? And if so, how, exactly?
     
  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I've done a trawl through the licensing applications and nothing further has gone in on 354 CHL since those community minded Brick Box ladies we used to have there.
     
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  3. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    Firezza are great. My other half has some weird problem with the fact the pizzas are square; but besides that, highly recommended
     
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Music video shot inside the old laundry (and the Dogstar) featuring local boy Rosko.

     
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  5. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Yup, firezza is cool, though expensive (couldn't believe the first time I walked into Franco Manca - how much?!)
     
  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Further to an enquiry by Maharani on another thread, it turns out a planning application was put in on 2nd March. Deadline for comments is 6th April.

    This was not advertised - unless it is the Weekender today (2nd April).

    15/01252/FUL | Demolition of the rear part of the former Walton Lodge Laundry building, erection of a 3-storey plus basement rear extension and change of use of the retained listed frontage building to provide 1296sqm of new Class B1 (business) floorspace, 13 self-contained dwellings (Use Class C3) and a new cafe/restaurant unit (Use Class A) within the retained facade building, together with associated hard landscaping, cycle and waste storage. | 374 Coldharbour Lane London SW9 8PL

    http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/onli...tails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=NKL0K7BOH6A00

    So far there are only 2 comments - both from people living in Brixton Square, and both supporting.
     
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  7. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    This is absolute bollocks. Granted my netbook isn't the best medium for viewing, but it looks like they're intending to demolish everything. It looks like they are truly poisonous cunts.

    Someone tell me I'm wrong, please?
     
  8. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I haven't read the planning application, but in the exhibition they had back in January or February the facade was to be kept.

    There was some living accommodation above the front entrance which the applicant wanted to keep - but according to the council was unauthorised because of a technicality. This is on appeal. If the appeal succeeded one at least of the residential units would have some period features (internally).

    My own opinion about the original factory building is that it would have made an excellent extension to Brixton Village as retain units.
    Presumably Jerry Knight thinks he can get more income out of making an office complex at basement and ground level with residential above.

    I don't feel quite as strongly as you do about this. What I find worrying is that Jerry Knight/Lexadon's only proven track record is in converting and managing luxury private rented flats.

    He has not managed to let the industrial/retail space under "The Viaduct" in nearly 10 years.
    The Angel is still vacant after about 5 years and the Paulet Arms after longer.(in both cases flats above are occupied)

    To be quite honest any sane political party wanting to house everybody fairly would legislate so that companies like Lexadon have to provide 50% social housing as part of their community obligation.
    Likewise they should have deadlines to let employment generating space - or forfeit it.

    Can't see this happening in real life though can you?

    P.S. the bottom line is it is difficult to object to an application that meets Lambeth planning policy - keeps facade, provides employment space, adds residential, but not enough to trigger affordable requirement.
     
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  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Has Lexadon ever built anything that has any element of social housing included?
     
  10. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    by christ that looks awful.
     
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  12. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    in ref to the box pop up thing bollox
     
  13. djdando

    djdando Well-Known Member

    I genuinely don't see the problem with this. A) no one will be able to see what is built behind unless you're on a train or you live in brixton square. B) they couldn't have built a load of student flats as it is too close to brixton square and would be a fire hazard/ privacy breach / sunlight block. C) they are retaining the front building and incorporating it into coldharbour lane in a better way than it is now. D) they are providing new commercial space which is much needed in brixton. Look how quickly the commercial space in brixton square got let. I assume the reason why the viaduct never did is because there was a barren bit of land next to it for so long. Hardly the most in demand place for your business. I personally think Lexadon do a shoddy job of most things and they are money grabbers, however I think this is a decent design all things considered.
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Planning permission had already been granted for the student accommodation and that would have been a damn sight more beneficial to the community as a whole than yet more luxury flats.
     
  15. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    If its anything like the student accommodation next to me it will cost £190 a week for a 'pod' and will be full of overseas rich kids.
     
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  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    On the Walton Lodge Laundry site?
    I can only see a 2014 appeal re the managers flat at the front, and the current 2015 application 15/01252/FUL (which you have put up the illustration for).

    There is an incorrect link on the planning website which takes you to the "Explore Learning" application and also to part of Brixton Square.

    But I don't see student accommodation anywhere (except on the top of Iceland in Brixton Road).
     
  17. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    Student accommodation these days isn't how it was in our youth. It is one of the highest generating returns for institutional investors - luxury studios at £200+ pw. At £6-8k pa it isn't your usual students that live there. Granted, the sort of students that could afford to live there would probably have lots of disposable income to support the shops in the village, but i doubt they'd be the type to be shopping in the market or the arches. Probably not much to choose between them and those able to afford private flats in terms of demographic.
     
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  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I guess I was running with the quaint notion of actual affordable student accommodation.
     
  19. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    There's only going to be 13 flats by the way.
    djdando summed it all up from the design point of view.
    Really we should be a bit more positive about this, and tell the council to stopping messing about at Popes Road and build some council flats.
     
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The luxury, social housing free flats have already been built behind the building and it won't be long before Lexadon is inviting wealthy incomers to pay more hefty rents to Mr Jerry Knight & Co, a man not exactly renown for his generous philanthropy to the community he's made so much money from.

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    *awaits next email from Jerrykins
     
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  21. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

     
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    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

  23. Mr Bim of Bar

    Mr Bim of Bar Well-Known Member

    Thought you might like to see the back end of the Laundry
     
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  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's a sad sight, really. Such a shame to see Brixton turning into a dormitory town/tourist destination. I liked having a working factory in the centre of town.
     
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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The frontage is taking a right hammering.

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  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  27. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

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  28. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I haven't studied it either. It has to be said (IMHO) that this is a somewhat specialist development and it is debatable whether social housing is relevant here. But nevertheless there is the bureaucratic hurdle of proving it is not viable - which generates pay for estate agents and council planning officers.

    Personally I'm still smarting from City AM claiming that it would be illegal for the Mayor of London to utilise derelict public land for public housing.

    If that is true it makes Lexadon's manoeuvres to comply with planning rules look small beer indeed.
     
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  29. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Isn't it that they could theoretically build on it themselves if they retain ownership but not transfer it to a builder or partnership to build on (without requiring maximum open market value)?
     
  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Probably. Can you see Sadiq Khan setting up a Public Works division?
     

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