Agreeing the Somerleyton Road brief

Somerleyton Road is being developed in partnership with the local community. Two local organisations, Brixton Green and Ovalhouse, are working with the council on this exciting project which will see a purpose-built theatre at the heart of a mixed-use development.

What are we asking for?

The Brixton Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), produced with local people, was approved by the council’s Cabinet in March 2013. It identified Somerleyton Road as a regeneration area suitable for a cultural facility and new homes, along with small scale commercial and community spaces.

 

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Community Day, June 2014

Since then, more than 400 local people have been helping to shape the proposals for Somerleyton Road, through a range of workshops and events. Our discussions helped to draft an outline scheme for the project, with a Stage C Design Report, and work through some important issues on the site .

Whilst there was a shared vision for Somerleyton Road; different people have different priorities for this strip of land. The challenge was to weigh up these different priorities.

 

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Four priorities

Through all these discussions we arrived at four main priorities for any development:

  1. to have as much genuinely affordable housing as possible
  2. for jobs, training and employment opportunities, especially for young people
  3. a long term role for the community in managing and maintaining the development
  4. to keep the land in public ownership and profits retained to maximise the community benefit.

 

We also came up with 10 further aspirations for the project, which we tested with the community:

  • Ovalhouse theatre to come to Brixton
  • as much of the affordable housing as possible to be for local people
  • collaborative working with the local community during development and a longer term role in managing the new development
  • high quality, sustainable buildings which support sustainable communities
  • improved community safety
  • the heritage assets kept (i.e. the mural and the façade of Carlton Mansions);
  • the project delivered in a timely fashion
  • a financially viable scheme which represents value for money for the council
  • provide jobs and training opportunities for young people whilst supporting local businesses
  • capacity developed so that other schemes can be brought forward within the council.

 

The steps

  1. Jan-Feb 2013: Initial workshops
  2.  Mar-Apr 2013: Community workshops, discussion and events – hosted by Brixton Green
  3. Ongoing: Ovalhouse engagement with stakeholders
  4. April 2013: Feedback event on Windrush Square (4pm to 8pm)
  5. June 2013: Stage C Design Report
  6. July: Council’s Cabinet considers the outline scheme
  7. Nov 2013: Cabinet approves the council acting as its own developer
  8. April 2014: Community Day
  9. June 2014: Community Day

 

The final Project Brief for Igloo can be found here.

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Brixton Conversations film screening

2015-11-07 2pm (screening at 3pm for approx 20 mins) to 5pm
The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG
What does heritage mean, what is home & what creates our connection to Brixton? Anchor & Magnet asked 10 brixtonites to take part in a one to one chat with a fellow local they'd never met on film.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-13 5.30pm to 8pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-14 12 noon to 2pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-17 12 noon to 3pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »