Agenda item

49 Brixton Station Road/6 Canterbury Crescent - Decision to Award Contract to Preferred Delivery Partner

Wards: Coldharbour


Report Authorised by: Eleanor Purser and Sara Waller: Strategic Directors for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity


Contact for enquiries: Alessia Montero, Neighbourhood Regeneration Manager, Sustainable Growth & Opportunity, 07783 830903,


The report was introduced by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, Councillor Matthew Bennett who highlighted that:


         The report set out work that had been done over a period of at least 10 years

           There had been a hundreds of new Council and affordable homes developed, along with community facilities including the Brixton Street Gym which had gone from strength to strength

           It was owed to the people of Brixton to give them as many social and economic benefits for local people from the use of local sites including Brixton Market

           The Labour administration recognised that there was a housing crisis in London with thousands of families on the waiting list or at risk of homelessness. The only way to mitigate that was to build new homes

           Lambeth needed a good permanent supply of work spaces in order to provide the jobs and opportunities needed in Brixton. This particular area suffered higher rates of unemployment than other parts of the borough, which had worsened during the pandemic

           The report was focused on addressing inequality and inequity for local residents

           Partners had been able to exceed planning expectations which included increasing the number of affordable family homes, affordable workspace and providing jobs and apprenticeships for young people and local partners.

One quarter of jobs were created through supply chain, and communities less likely to reach out for jobs were reached and supported to apply for such roles including prison leavers, Black and Minority Ethnic communities and young men aged 16-24

           New buildings would be designed to the highest economic standards

           The scheme would offer a chance for the Council to work in partnership with its community and address the inequalities and inequities residents endured locally, offering new jobs, new homes and jobs for local people.


Cabinet was addressed by Councillor Scott Ainslie of the Green Group, who highlighted a number of questions surrounding:


           Whether Homes for Lambeth would be a better developer for the site

           The percentage of Affordable Homes


In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:


           Purchasing the International House site offered benefits to the Council. These benefits included allowing the Council to reduce its carbon footprint by enabling the number of rooms used as Council offices to decrease from 14 to 2

           Refurbishing the development would create permanent affordable workspace for local talent in Brixton

           Homes for Lambeth was owned and controlled by the Council in a not-for-profit way to build more homes and social housing to provide for homeless communities and those on the waiting list. It was not for commercial developments and workspaces

           The number of affordable homes was set out in the report and was subject to planning. The figure was 240 homes of which 50% were affordable. 80 of these  homes were three-bedrooms or more..


Cabinet made the following observations:


           It was important to bring local people and residents along with the process. Cabinet thanked the Planning team for consulting a number of local groups and residents who had an interest in Brixton. It was important to continue this level of involvement amongst residents and local people in all stages of the blueprint

           The employment of local people was an important factor, and Cabinet was pleased the scheme would offer a number of roles through a variety of pathways

           There was a number of businesses based at International House and they should be found a suitable location within the borough

           The proposed development comprised both affordable housing and affordable workspace which the borough needed. It was important to ensure the workspace was protected from being turned into further residential.


Following consideration, it was resolved that Cabinet:


1.  Agreed for the Council to enter into a Development Agreement with London Square for the redevelopment of the identified sites

2. Delegated the finalisation of the Development Agreement to the Strategic Directors of Sustainable  Growth and Opportunity, in consultation with Director of Legal and Governance, in line with the key terms outlined in the report and for the Council thereafter to enter into that agreement with London Square

3. In accordance with and subject to the provisions of the Development Agreement, agreed to enter into a long lease of at least 250 years for each Development Phase on satisfaction of Conditions Precedent with London Square

4. Agreed to create a new capital budget of £3,200,000 to carry out works to separate the utility services  supplying the Brixton Rec and International House, in preparation for the development

5. Agree to create a new capital budget of £400,000 to cover professional fees, legal and commercial services costs anticipated over the life of the project.

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