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