Loampit Hill shop may be put up for auction

63 Loampit Hill, a derelict shop on the corner of Tyrwhitt Road once described by former Councillor Sue Luxton as one of the "most problematic properties in Ladywell ward" may be put up for auction after the Council was forced to intervene to repair its roof.

Lewisham Council press office explains:


The building had fallen into an extremely poor state of repair following the death of the elderly owner and the roof was causing a "statutory nuisance" to local residents. As a result, Lewisham Council was obliged to serve a section 79-81 abatement notice on the property under the Environment Protection Act 1990 and subsequently carried out work to renew the roof. The Council is now requesting costs to be reimbursed from the solicitors who are dealing with the deceased owner's estate.

If we are not successful and the debt remains outstanding, the Council will use the Law of Property Act 1925 to seek to gain title to the property in the County Court. If we gain title to the property, the Council will sell the property in auction in an effort to recuperate the costs incurred.

You can find the relevant part of the EPA 1990 at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/contents

Thanks to Tyrwhitt Michael for the tip off.

27 comments:

Tyrwhitt B said...

Is that the same owner as the squatters house???

Tamsin said...

Wasn't someone looking at opening a cafe on the ground floor (which as I recall has lovely tiling underneath the general deterioration)? There was a thread here a while back.

Tyrwhitt michael said...

Yes to you both.

The owner was an eccentric West Indian guy who always wore a cowboy hat.

He died about 2 years ago I think.

Sue said...

Hmm, the Council's legal dept were telling me that two years ago, yet there still doesn't seem to be any sign of decisive action on their part to recoup the £25k or so that the Council has spent on the property. The empty homes and environmental health teams have done their bit - now we need the legal team to do theirs. The family that own the property continues to ignore/run rings around the council and string out probate issues while the best-roofed derelict house in Lewisham steadily deteriorates.

Sue said...

And of course the property had fallen into a hazardous state many years before the owner died, not since, as the press office statement suggests.

Anonymous said...

please dear god no more cafes.

Timmy2wheels said...

I was the person who wanted to open a cafe there. I got as far as writing a proposal to the owner, via his builder who I chanced upon doing some clearance inside. I never heard back and, after a stint working at the Brockley Mess, decided it wasn't for me.

Whoever takes it on - good luck; it's in a dreadful state of repair. I would still love to see a cafe/deli in that spot.

Anonymous said...

are there too many cafes near that location? Would a cafe ruin the area for you? What would you prefer?

Brockley Nick said...

@Sue - that being the case, what's stopping the Council from going hardcore on the owners?

Timmy2wheels said...

@ Tyrwhitt B - yes, I believe it is.

@ Anonymous - why? There's no other cafes close by. The College Cafe near Mezze Mangal closes at 4pm, and is pretty ropey anyway, the Brockley Mess is a good 20 mins walk from there... There's nothing to serve the St Johns/Lewisham Way end of Brockley as it stands, except for the Talbot.

TRM said...

@Anonymous

I live near the end of Tyrwhitt and there aren't any cafe/deli places close by. I agree with Timmy2wheels, the College cafe is the only close option, but that is more of a tea and fry up cafe, as opposed to a latte and bagel cafe, if you know what i mean.

Would love a cafe/deli/anything there.... I think one would do well there.

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Sue said...

@Brockley Nick Idle speculation on my part, but I think it probably keeps falling down the to do list of a legal officer and hasn't been treated as a priority by senior officers. I think it might help to speed things up if the cabinet member for customer services took an active interest in this case and pushed for regular progress updates. Just saying ...

Matt-Z said...

Where is this squatters house?

TRM said...

@Matt-z

I think it is No.8, two doors up from the Talbot.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

No8 TR is I believe currently occupied by squatters.

In my opinion it is kept in better condition than when the owner was alive and lived there.

Anonymous said...

Is this place anywhere near Tyrwhitt Road?

Tyrwhitt B said...

Can't really complain about the squatters to be honest, not problematic at all, however it is an eyesore... but then, so it is the corner shop..

TM said...

Anon @ 11.54

Try reading the first line of the original post.

Anonymous said...

Whoever takes it on is going to have to spend a hell of a lot of money,I believe the inside is nearly a shell with hardly any floors.

James said...

Speaking in a professional capacity (as I have to do from time to time on here), I'd draw your attention to the fact an a3 use in a parade of a1 shops is totally unsuitable. As the unit used to be a former greengrocers/florists, I'd suggest re-establishing either of these uses (probably florist in light of the demise of the Flop on the Hill) is far more in keeping and useful. Although speaking as a resident of Tyrwhitt Road, I'd be happy with anything they chose to do with it including (the unfortunate and likely scenario of) total demolition. Next stop; the other original Tyrwhitt-Drake 2 down from The Talbot that has shamefully been allowed to fall into utter disrepair

Matt-Z said...

Is that the house with boarded up windows and which used to have loads of industrial junk in the front and back gardens?

Advice said...

If you want to see anything done about this: raise a question to council about when is it going to court; lobby your councillor; and send letters to your MP copying in the relevant council department and councillors. Without going into details, I also had a similar issue with Lewisham council legal sitting on seomthing for more than 2 years - it was only these actions that got it moving again.

Anonymous said...

There is a similar situation in Hither Green regarding a residential property which has been dragging on for years.

Maybe if there were questions about both properties at the same time it could make the council more proactive?

Hugh said...

If anyone is interested in acquiring the derelict corner shop as a co-investment venture, let me know. We could set up a company to buy it with all interested parties taking shares in the company.

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Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The demolition of the former W P Stone factory looks to be imminent.

The gates and wall have been taken down and a Hoarding put up.

Anonymous said...

What was the outome for the property whch remains empty. Which property agency can be approached to consider leasing and developing a service ?

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