A planning permission has been submitted to convert an empty retail shed into a supermarket at Loampit Vale near Lewisham station.
Legal & General gained permission for 536 homes across a number of towers on this site but little progress has been made since. I was writing about the site as far back as 2015. This latest application suggests any progress is some way off.
As for the supermarket that seeks to open? Well, Lidl and Aldi must be prime candidates given their ambitious growth strategies and the unit size. Lidl opened a branch in Charlton last month on a retail park.
Then again they already have a branch in Lewisham, yet they may decide that the vast number of new homes coming and high station footfall makes it worthwhile.
One cause of delays to L&G’s mixed-use project is believed to be need for Compulsory Purchase Orders on a row of shops.
Despite hold ups on site, just over the road work is progressing on what will be Lewisham’s tallest tower on what was Carpetright.
As for how long a new supermarket will last; well who knows? Five years perhaps? Maybe less. It may seem unlikely to go to all the expense of fitting out a site for short-term use, but the co-op did at Elephant & Castle for just one year’s trading.
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