Situated to the north-east of London in Hackney, is Springdale Mews; a cul-de-sac off Springdale Road. The Mews contains 7 properties used for commercial and residential purposes. It is located on the site of an original Mews but has been re-developed to a degree that it no longer contains any surviving Mews properties.
The Mews is not part of a Conservation Area. A high explosive bomb fell onto Springdale Road in World War II, very close to the Mews and when the London Poverty Maps were first published, the area was deemed to have comfortable living conditions with ordinary household earnings.
Springdale Mews is made up of one and two storey, plain brickwork buildings with roofs hidden behind parapet walls, surrounded by a concrete road surface. Parking is restricted and there are intact and converted garages present.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the main houses on the surrounding streets and nowadays the properties are used for a mixture of commercial and residential purposes.
There have been very few planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews both before and since 2003, the most notable being the erection of a pair of two storey dwelling houses with parking spaces in 2007.
The current properties are very run down and in need of proper development. Recently, one of the properties has gone on the market for around £360,000 but on top of that cost a potential buyer could spend up to £350,000 transforming the property. “…estimate you could spend the same again as the purchase price – between £300,000 and £350,000. It could take between 12 and 18 months to do – depending on how long getting planning permission takes and the state of the property.
Also, as it is one of the first in this row to be converted, you could be living on a building site for 10 years as the rest of them are turned into houses.
But a buyer could change this in to a top-spec, luxury property that would completely meet their needs.” – Original article.