Latest feedback on Brixton Central
Written by Future Brixton
October 27, 2014
Categories: Brixton Central, Brixton Central Masterplan
Hundreds of people are getting involved in shaping how the centre of Brixton can change. Local people, Network Rail and Lambeth Council are working together on long-term plans for the area that includes the former ice rink site, the train station, Brixton Station Road and the land in-between the tracks off Valentia Place. We call this project the Brixton Central masterplan.
During July 2014 we talked with people at workshops and pop-up events. We also posted the ideas on the web so that people could feed back online, as well as in person.
Based on work from earlier conversations with local people and groups, we wanted to know what you thought about 12 development principles and the ideas contained within two different development scenarios. A report on what happened is available to download here.
What people want from development
We asked people to prioritise the 12 development principles and it was clear that the two principles people were most concerned about were ‘affordable housing’ and ‘culture and community’. These seem to reflect the general desire to keep and support Brixton’s existing community and character. Likewise, ‘affordable workspace and retail’ was also popular.
Town centre parking continues to draw strong opinions both for and against..
A London Overground station for Brixton was also popular. Recent work undertaken for the council suggests the best potential location for this would be the old Brixton East station on Gresham Road, although the cost will be high and unlikely to be met by the masterplan development. However, the council and partners will continue to explore funding routes.
Ideas for development
Of the two development scenarios presented one emphasised providing studio and workspace along with an events and cultural offer, whilst the other looked at extending the indoor market as well as studio and workspace. Both included new homes and shops. You can read the Brixton Central Update Report here.
The report and wider discussions to date indicate:
- Broad support for the demolition of International House, although some thought retaining and reusing the building would be more sustainable
- Largely positive feedback around extending the covered markets, but with others raising concerns this might divert trade away from existing businesses
- New studio and workspace in the town is welcomed, as well as support for existing businesses and light industry
- The importance of market storage and other market infrastructure, such as water, electricity and waste disposal
We’ll be hosting more workshops and pop-up events during November so that you can have your say on an updated proposal. Details for these events are on the calendar and you can sign up to the Future Brixton newsletter to stay up to date.
The proposals will also be available to view and comment on via this website.
Find out more about Brixton Central here.