This will be a disappointment to the thousands living and moving to Kidbooke Village. Berkeley Homes have submitted plans to use a commercial unit, designated as restaurant space, as a sales centre for five years.
The unit is in a new town square currently heading towards completion alongside towers. A new station is also part of the plan.
Many local people have complained of a lack of shops and places to eat. A small Sainsbury’s in the area will move to another unit in the square, but it is unlikely to be big enough for the thousands of people living in the area.
TfL last week submitted plans for many homes just north of the new square on the other side of Kidbrooke station.
Just north of that is Homebase which is closing in two days. It’s a prime site for more housing, and a large supermarket would likely do very well with over 10,000 new residents nearby.
We will have to see whether the landowners keep it as a retail shed and forfeit profit from new homes, build a predominantly residential development and miss out on retail income or build a mixed-use development comprising a large store and homes above, which in my opinion makes the most sense.