Peep Show flats almost snapped up by London council for hundreds of affordable homes

Sutton Council considered buying part of the famous Peep Show flats, known as Apollo House in Channel 4’s cult comedy classic.

Apollo House in Croydon is the fictional home of Jeremy ‘Jez’ Usbourne and Mark Corrigan.

But the famous El Dude Brother’s building is actually named Zodiac Court. The building attached that the council wanted to buy is named Zodiac House.

Neighbouring Sutton Council has plans on creating new homes to offer at affordable rent to house some of the 830 families currently living in temporary accommodation.

The authority hopes to buy up to 500 more homes to offer up at affordable rents by 2024.

At a council meeting on Tuesday (December 7) opposition councillor, Catherine Gray, said: “Are we only looking to invest in the borough or are we looking further afield if opportunities arise?

“I understand we were looking at Zodiac House in Croydon recently but we didn’t proceed with that. I was wondering whether that fits within that plan?”

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Zodiac House is a vacant office building in London Road – a familiar sight for Peep Show fans as it wraps around Zodiac Court, the block of flats home to main characters Mark and Jez.

In March 2021, Croydon Council gave permission to transform the Zodiac House office building into 70 flats of which 46 would be one-bedroom flats.

Housing and regeneration consultant, Tom Bremner, told Cllr Gray: “There were a number of opportunities looked at and that was one of them.

“[We are looking] primarily within the borough but none of those specific opportunities have met the criteria to bring them to committee for you to consider. The emphasis is very much in the borough but looking outside would not be ruled out.”

And chair of the committee Councillor Jayne McCoy said despite considering the properties in Croydon, the council was keen to focus on “in borough solutions”.

The council’s housing, environment and business committee agreed in principal to the sale at market value of around 225 temporary accommodation flats to a new council-owned company.

As well as the purchase of up to 100 more homes either by the council-owned company or a through a third party funder.

A final decision on this is set to be made by the council’s strategy and resources committee.

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