Southwark Council granted planning permission for the refurbishment project, including new conservatories and replacing balconies with “winter gardens.”
It is believed that the second home will be put on the market soon. If both properties sell at asking price, the investor will have doubled their money.
Demonstrators from campaign group, Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth, briefly occupied the Grade II Listed building, stating that the Council was involving itself in social cleansing by selling off council homes to developers, who are creating top-end homes for wealthy buyers.
Southwark Council says that the money raised will build around 20 new council homes in the borough.
Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark’s Regeneration and New Homes Chief, defends the sale, saying the Council secured the best possible price at the time.
He continues: “Rather than spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on refurbishing just two homes, this money has allowed us to invest in our council homes.
“Southwark has an ambitious plan to build 11,000 new council homes for our residents, with the first 21 opening in Bermondsey very soon.”1
The Council sold the Park Street properties in a state of serious disrepair after years of neglect. They were placed on English Heritage’s at-risk register and were held up by scaffolding.
The homes are in an ideal location, close to Borough Market, the Shard and Bankside.
According to Zoopla, the average house price in the area is just above £580,000, up 20.19% in the last two years.
The four-bedroom townhouse now on the market, built in 1830, is being marketed by agent Domus Nova, which describes it as having undergone “one of the most comprehensive and unique rebuilds and refurbishments in recent years.”
The description adds: “This brave and playful home oozes creativity and personality throughout. This Georgian home will engage every sense, combining striking colourful details and textures with well-balanced architectural references throughout.”1
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