Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee has been recommended to approve plans for 21 residential units on the site of Diamond Hire, Acre Lane.
Knight has scaled down his original plans for 25 flats. These were refused in February 2016.
As well as demolishing the existing building, the full planning application seeks:
“295sqm of office space (B1 Use Class), 269sqm of retail space (A1 Use Class), 19 self-contained flats and 2 family houses.”
A viability study has led to four units being included at ‘affordable’ levels. This includes two properties offering three bedrooms.
The Council report admits that “this mix is not ideal.” It argues that constraints on the site limits the design options.
The Brixton Society has questioned some aspects of the application:
“Despite the number of dwellings proposed, the application is still vague about any provision for affordable housing within the mix. We are concerned at the proposed segregation of entrances. We would expect a project of this scale to include at least 40% of dwellings as affordable housing.”
The original application by Knight was kicked out by Planning last year. The Committee argued:
“The development would fail to provide a range of dwelling sizes and types suitable to meet current and future affordable housing needs.”
A similar situation occurred at Walton Lodge along Coldharbour Lane. This is also owned by Knight. His Lexadon company managed to wriggle out of affordable housing on 13 units by stating:
“The viability of the proposal is affected by exceptional development cost.”
The Acre Lane site currently contains a bathroom, kitchen and plumbing supplier, and a DIY equipment rental shop.