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Scoping: 20 Storey Tower in Brixton with 92 Flats

Plans to build a 20 storey tower on the site of the now-demolished Canterbury Arms pub have been revealed in a scoping request to Lambeth Council. May Developments, behind the previously approved scheme for a 9 storey, 31 flat scheme approved in 2014, are again behind the latest development.

As this is early in the formal planning process, little is known of the plans other than the height – 20 storeys – and the use, 92 flats and 525 sqm commercial space.

The original plans to demolish the pub, with historic interiors, were controversial but as the previous application was approved and the pub now demolished, have little importance to the current application.

The proposals are relatively high for recent developments in Brixton, the only completed contemporary example is the Park Heights tower overlooking Slade Gardens on Robsart Street. However, Brixton has quite a number of similarly high post-war buildings, including the council’s offices on the neighbouring site and a sixteen storey tower block further town the street.

Given the need for more housing, and the closeness to both a major town centre and transit hub, there could hardly be a more appropriate site for a tower, which should also bring in far more affordable units than the previous scheme and help relieve the upward pressure on rents for private homes in the area by providing more supply.

Photo credit: Google Streetview.

Written by Sean Spurr

Sean is lead residential researcher at Apartology. He also runs a bookshop.

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