A four-story modern block of flats that residents feared would “irrevocably” change an unspoilt Victorian corner of Brockwell Park has been rejected by Lambeth councillors.
Members of a planning committee meeting at the town hall, Brixton, this evening, voted unanimously against the proposal for eight new apartments on Brailsford Road, backing on to the Brixton Water Lane entrance to the historic park. They found the plans “bulky and intrusive”.
The decision came after a number of residents and heritage groups turned out to oppose the scheme.
After the meeting, Alice Salisbury, of the Friends of Brockwell Park (FoBP), told the Blog she was “delighted,” adding: “In making their decision the councillors showed they are proud of our area and understand its value. ”
She said that the development had “hugely intrusive balconies” and “constant overlooking,” of a busy section of the park. She also thanked those who contacted committee members in advance and attended the meeting.
“It was clear the attention this drew to the issue prompted councillors to look at the concerns in depth. We’d suggest everyone celebrates with a stroll round Brockwell Park this weekend!” Added Salisbury.
The proposal would have seen the new flats on the site of a former antiques workshop. Architects Alan Camp said in their application that the block’s “high quality design” and “contextual materials… will have a positive impact on the Brixton Water Lane and Brockwell Park Conservation Areas.”
FoBP claimed the view from the Water Lane was one of the few remaining “original” views of the park as it was when it was laid out in 1892.
View the planning application here.