The Future Brixton programme

Brixton is always changing and welcoming new communities, cultures and ideas. People are passionate about Brixton and want to be part of its future. Future Brixton is about local people being part of an exciting future that is ambitious for everyone.

People from across Brixton have already helped write the plans for how it should change. The views and experiences of local people are helping to decide the benefits we want and making it happen.

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The Brixton SPD set the scene for the projects you can read about on this website. Regeneration in Brixton could see over £350 million invested in the town centre and the people who live and work – this provides the opportunity for positive change, such as providing decent homes, more jobs and improved leisure facilities and public spaces, will sit within this Town Centre section.

To find out more about growth and investment across Lambeth you can watch this short film

Future Brixton’s main priorities are as follows.

More homes

With over 21,000 people on Lambeth’s housing waiting list and over 1,600 families in temporary housing, new homes are desperately needed. Since 1981, the council has lost almost 40% of its council housing stock, largely as a result of right to buy and of properties transferred to Registered Providers.

Over the same periods council rent levels have increased by approximately 500%, private rents and house price have increased by much more and the population of Brixton has risen to over 78,000 (according to the 2011 census).

The Future Brixton developments will see about 750 new homes built over the next 10 years with the aim for at least 300 (or 40%) to be affordable housing.

At Somerleyton Road, building new homes for rent is the priority and as many of these as possible will be at council rent levels. It’s expected that all of the 300 new homes here will be managed by a housing cooperative.

New jobs

New development will mean hundreds of construction jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships. About 1,200 will be needed across the Future Brixton programme and we will work with developers to try and recruit at least 20% of this workforce locally.

We expect the new developments to bring more than 1,000 new jobs into Brixton. Making sure local residents can get these jobs will be really important and Lambeth Working, the council’s job brokerage, will help employers recruit excellent local candidates.

Rather than see spaces lying empty until they’re developed, we’re working with partners and local organisations so that projects like Pop Brixton (on the former ice rink site) and the Impact Hub (temporarily relocated from the town hall to Pop Brixton).

Successful enterprise

We think there are huge opportunities for new enterprise in the town centre. Future Brixton aims to make a real difference to the fortunes of local business.

These developments could see the creation of around 10,000 sqm of new workspace to support enterprise. This, along with more space for shops, could lead to over 1000 new jobs in the town centre.

Developers will be expected to build local supply chains as they build and then manage the new buildings and spaces. This will mean that the construction will directly benefit local businesses.

We also estimate that people moving into the new homes will spend an extra £2.2million in Brixton every year, which will be good news for retailers.

Get involved

You can:

  1. Find out more and keep in touch – read through the website, sign up for the email updates and follow us @futurebrixton and on Facebook
  2. Tell your friends – share content, re-tweet and let people know about events taking place
  3. Share your views – go to the discussion forums and map page to comment, contact us, come to the events and complete any consultations.

Events

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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 »