Road closure of Acre Lane planned for 29 April to allow crane to be installed

Acre Lane is to be closed to traffic entering from Brixton Hill on 29th April to allow a crane to be brought onto the development site by the Town Hall. The footpath on that side of Acre Lane between the Town Hall and Buckner Road will also be closed and buses will be diverted. Traffic will be able to travel east along Acre Lane into Brixton but delays are possible.

Consultation on New Town Hall Construction Plans

Town-HallThe New Town Hall project was granted planning permission earlier this autumn. It is hoped that construction will commence early next year but, in the meantime, the partners are consulting on a ‘Construction & Environmental Management Plan’ (CEMP). The deadline for feedback on this document is Thursday 3rd December at 12 noon.

The purpose of this Plan is to:

  • Describe the nature of the construction activities that will be undertaken
  • Summarise the likely environmental issues that may arise during construction such as noise, dust and vibration
  • Specify the team’s proposed approach to managing these
  • Outline the team’s proposed construction and demolition programme
  • Provide useful information such as a point of contact, agreed working hours for noisy works and the team’s Code of Practice

This encompasses the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Ivor House on Acre Lane as well as the new buildings on Brixton Hill next to the Electric Brixton and on the site of Olive Morris House.

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New Town Hall given planning permission

YNTH-sketchLast week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.

Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading

New Town Hall plans to be considered on 1 September

YNTH-sketchThe plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Olive Morris House, and the new Civic Centre on Brixton Hill will be considered by the Planning Applications Committee on 1 September.

Councillors who are members of the PAC will consider the plans along with submissions from the public, Historic England and other stakeholders.

As well as the new offices for Council staff and facilities for council functions like the registry office, almost 200 new homes are planned for the various sites.

Members of the public may attend the meeting, although only those who have made representations in advance will have the opportunity to address the Committee so that their concerns can be taken into account. The meeting takes place at Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill at 7pm on Tuesday 1st September.

Agenda papers are available online.

Cllr Paul McGlone explains the latest on the Your New Town Hall project

YNTH-sketchCllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, has written a blogpost outlining the current status of the Your New Town Hall project, explaining how we got here and why it’s important for residents to get involved, with 120 already having attended the latest round of consultation events.

Key issues addressed by Cllr McGlone include how the project will save taxpayers money and what it will cost; the 200 new homes on site, with 40% classed as ‘affordable’; the 45 apprenticeships and over 700 jobs created during construction; the Impact Hub for start-up and small businesses; and landscaping of the site. Continue reading

New Town Hall consultation meetings for local residents

YNTH-sketchAs plans continue to be developed for the New Town Hall and council office sites along Brixton Hill, local residents are being invited to consultation meetings later this month to further consider ideas for the new buildings.

Reports on local blogs mistakenly suggested that the historic (and iconic) Electric Brixton on Town Hall Parade would now form part of the development. Brixton Blog has now corrected this and the Council has confirmed that there are no plans for the site. The neighbouring building currently housing the Fridge Bar has always been part of the redevelopment proposals alongside Hambrook House, Olive Morris House and council buildings on Buckner Road. Continue reading

Help identify this Brixton bike thief

Brixton Blog are reporting that local police are appealing for help identifying a man who stole a bicycle and a bike wheel on Tuesday November 5 from the rear of the Town Hall.

The man’s image was captured on CCTV at 3.30pm. Anyone who recognises the person in the images is encouraged to contact PC Patzer on 0208 721 2623 or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This follows a recent small spate of thefts of bicycle wheels from the stands outside the Town Hall on Brixton Hill and Acre Lane. We would urge cyclists to be particularly cautious in locking their bikes and both wheels in the area.