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Aldi to demolish and rebuild Thamesmead store

Aldi have submitted plans to demolish their Thamesmead branch and construct a new store in its place. Parking spaces will increase by 11 spaces to 297.

Existing store

It’s debatable whether the new building will have a long shelf life. Peabody have plans to radically rebuild Thamesmead town centre.  It’s looking to move away from the dated out-of-town retail model and in with a bustling town centre along the lines of Bexleyheath or Bromley. A High Street with a mix of shops, restaurants, cinema, homes above and around shop units, pubs, bars and leisure activities.

A bit like the original model of Thamesmead with the canal running through the pedestrianised square, pub, clocktower and market before the big sheds arrived and ignored the old centre.

A DLR station for the area is also on the cards. With the severe housing shortage in London this kind of retail barn without any residential element in a town centre is an anachronism. Even more so with better transport links on the cards.

But then again, given the painfully slow progress Peabody have made since taking over Gallions Homes (officially a merger) then who knows when it’ll happen.

The empty patch of land in Thamesmead at Tavy Bridge still hasn’t seen a spade hit the ground. Its been mostly cleared and levelled for five years now. The remnants of the old site such of the library have remained boarded up for years as arson attacks occurred.

The planning reference for the Aldi rebuild is 17/2497/F

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4 Comments

  1. Joe

    Completely agree with you, it makes you wonder if any of the grand plans Peabody have will ever come about. Thamesmead has had big plans and broken promises for decades.

  2. CB

    Glad to see a larger Aldi, but sadly can imagine it will be there for a long enough time before Peabody get round to re-development

  3. Linda Barham

    It definately needs to expand but if Peabody are involved it could be year 3000 before it gets started on !

  4. Jo

    IMO a larger Aldi is a nightmare. I am one of the obviously few shoppers who just want to get it over with and 20 minutes in Aldi is about right . Make it bigger and I’m looking elsewhere for that small food shopping experience.

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