Yesterday The Guardian covered the serious problems currently facing Homebase DIY stores since a botched takeover two years ago by an Australian firm behind Bunnings DIY chain.
The article has the strong headline ‘Homebase is the most disastrous retail acquisition in the UK ever’ which paints a bleak picture. One option now on the table is closing all stores.
Homebase have a number of stores across London and some are already closing to become predominantly residential sites. One such site is turning into 333 flats in blocks up to 16 floors with a supermarket below.
Now, this is purely in the realm of speculation, but Kidbrooke immediately stands out as a candidate for housing.
It’s located close to Kidbrooke railway station where high density housing is encouraged to lessen dependence on cars.
Directly next door is a site TfL and Network Rail are proposing towers.
This was covered last year on the site, and U&I and Notting Hill are planning 400 homes.
Over the other side of the tracks is Berkeley Homes Kidbrooke scheme with multiple towers. More were approved last August.
Sites such as Kidbrooke Homebase will probably be designated as suitable for housing in Greenwich Council’s Local Plan which guides development. Yet after initial consultation over two years ago it’s all gone quiet on what is happening with this crucial document.
It’s crucial that the plan progresses and consultation continues, but regardless of that Kidbrooke Homebase is a likely candidate for homes in coming years.
Hopefully staff aren’t too badly affected if it does happen and there is a retail component to any development. Thousands of homes will see a big uplift in potential costumers.
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