Oh yes, and if, New Resident, you were wondering about the other empty site on Grange Road - between Clement & Foster and Futura House (with the Premier newsagent/shop on the ground floor).
I had thought that it was a bomb site, but there were two handsome Regency houses that stood there until the mid sixties at least.
It belongs to Vision Homes, who built Futura House. They have planning permission for a large development of offices and mixed housing with retail premises to the face of Grange Road. They keep on varying the planning permission, but I don't know why they haven't started building.
I am not sure, but have a feeling that the site referred to (the old Esso Garage) in Grange Road may be subject to a 'ransom strip', which might account for the delay in development. If anyone has noticed, there is a fenced off 'driveway' to the rear of a house on Crimscott Street (Number 1 Crimscott Street?) providing access to the house.
I think I'd heard a similar story about this. I'm not a property lawyer, but I would have thought the council would be able to exercise a CPO to acquire the land if it is preventing the building on council property?
Does anyone anything about the two lovely, but derelict, houses on Grange Road that are currently the second hand furniture shop. They are beside BEW Electrical, between Griggs Place and Fendall Street.
I just wondered who might own them and why they haven't been restored as habitable.
204-205 Grange Road belong to a private company. If you look on the Southwark planning website it gives a link to a couple of applications for planning permission from a dodgy firm of architects in North London.
The owner wants to knock them down and build 6 flats - and in fact obtained pp for such conversion about five years ago (but not for 8 flats). By all accounts, he is now waiting for them to fall down in order to be able to build flats.
Whether you would now obtain pp to turn them into houses I don't know. The downstairs portions are (were!) shops, and they like shops fronting onto the road on Grange Road.