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Lidl submit plan for ANOTHER store in Bexley Borough.

Starbucks on right from this angle. Pub is behind.

Lidl have submitted plans for yet another new store in Bexley Borough. This time its for Belvedere just weeks after submitting plans for nearby Erith.

Unlike Erith and recently submitted Sidcup plans  (plus recently opened Bexleyheath and recently redeveloped Welling stores) it is NOT just a giant box with no much needed  housing above.

This branch would be on the ground floor of a recently constructed housing block at Belvedere Park.

Bexley has set itself very demanding housing targets to increase income as well as assist g with the housing shortage in London. It’s also  under pressure from Conservative central government and Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan.

It’s part-solution to build on parks and greenery across the Borough whilst permitting retail barns on brownfield sites with no housing component has been misguided to say the least, so this is at least a step in the right direction.

However, it will still have 125 single level parking spaces. Why not a multi storey to free up land to enable more homes alongside?

What is it they say about land? They ain’t making any more. Use it wisely.

Those that say we don’t need more homes clearly aren’t having to move every six months, living in poorly maintained and insecure housing and seeing most of their income swallowed in high housing costs. Great for those people comfortable and settled (and normally older) . Not so many others. And the numbers needed good homes is rising ever more.

The planning reference is 18/01128/FUL

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1 Comment

  1. CDT

    As this new store would have housing above and not just a large retail shed I think Lidl should be allowed to open there new store here. Where new housing is being built there is a need for new shops, health centres and leisure facilities etc has the local population continues to grow.

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