Planning applications submitted for Your New Town Hall

Written by Thomasin Renshaw, Development Director at Muse Developments

April 22, 2015
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After more than a year of design development, technical studies and consultation with Lambeth residents and businesses, Muse Development is very excited to have submitted two planning applications, on behalf of Lambeth Council, for the Your New Town Hall project.

The planning applications, for ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Olive Morris House’ sites facing onto Brixton Hill, will ultimately mean Lambeth Council can reduce its core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5m a year. Following a successful selection process, Muse signed an agreement with Lambeth Council in April 2014 to deliver the project.

The decision to dispose of ageing and expensive buildings the council no longer needs, and use the proceeds to bring much-needed new homes and jobs to the borough demonstrates Lambeth’s common-sense approach to development. The Your New Town Hall project includes an exciting redevelopment of the Town Hall to enable more community use, and new fit-for-purpose offices that will improve services for residents.

We want to thank everyone who took the time to get involved in the development of the project, particularly during the two consultation stages during the summer and winter of 2014. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to create something that everyone in the borough can benefit from. Brixton, and Lambeth as a whole, have hugely diverse and thriving communities; we want this development to be very much a part of enhancing this vibrant experience of living, working or visiting Brixton or the borough.

View of town hall and new Brixton Hill development

What are the proposals?

The proposals are for the redevelopment of the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall to deliver:

  • A preserved and enhanced Grade II listed Town Hall, more open and accessible to residents
  • Quality office/meeting spaces for local enterprise, start-ups and the community – twice the size of the Impact Hub project that is already based in the Town Hall – to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • A new, energy efficient civic building with much improved customer centre and council offices
  • 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing
  • A car-free development (where parking permits will not be allowed) except for basement parking for wheelchair residents within the Olive Morris House development
  • New landscaped public areas
  • A new cycle hub with changing/shower facilities and a cafe

The project will provide around 600 new jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.

What happens next?

Now the planning applications have been submitted, there will be a period of statutory consultation undertaken by Lambeth Council’s planning department. It is anticipated that the applications will be considered by councillors on the planning committee this summer.

Further information

  • To view the planning applications in full you can visit the Planning Portal using the following references:
    • Triangle Site Full Application – Ref: 15/02276/FUL
    • Olive Morris House Full Application – Ref: 15/02264/FUL
    • Listed Building Application for the Town Hall – Ref: 15/02263/LB
  • For more information on all stages of public consultation, the project as a whole or the planning applications, the community can visit www.yournewtownhall.org.
  • You can also visit the Frequently asked questions document prepared by Lambeth Council.

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