Initial plans for Brockley regeneration go on show

Pic: MacDonald & Egan

Initial plans for a dramatic regeneration of Coulgate Street in Brockley were on view for local residents to see on Thursday.

The new plans include 24 residential units and a retail space, which can be subdivided.

The developers, MacDonald & Egan, were keen to consult local residents and action groups before officially applying to the council for planning permission. This was in order to get their recommendations on how one of the key areas of Brockley should be developed.

Also included in the initial plans is a new one-way traffic system, a courtyard between the new and existing developments and “improvements to the public realm”, by way of new pavements, trees and greenery.

In the open consultation the reaction was positive, with one resident saying: “It has the potential to dramatically change Brockley, giving it a real town centre.”

However, others were more wary. Local resident John said: “Judging on the build the other side of the railway, we need to be cautious with any development happening next to the station. I’ll be watching closely.”

Pic: MacDonald & Egan

Local groups, such as the Brockley Society and the Brockley Cross Action Group, have long campaigned for improvements in the attractiveness and practicality of the area – particularly in regards to a pedestrian-only or a more pedestrian-friendly Coulgate Street.

The Brockley Cross Action Group was quoted on the Brockley Central blog as saying: “At present we are supportive of the development in principle but there are several details that require further scrutiny.”

The Brockley Society was equally positive in initial discussions: “Brockley Society welcomes the opportunity to have an imaginative design for something appropriate to the area on this very important development site.”

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