Lidl have submitted plans for a major expansion of their distribution depot in Belvedere offering 400 new jobs.
The company is part of the Schwartz retail group and now has over 800 stores in the UK. It first entered the UK market in 1994.
Thinking about it, Abbey Wood near Belvedere must have been one of the very first stores. I remember going around that time and being accused of shoplifting by security as I left on the very first visit. A good introduction. Spoiler – I hadn’t.
Anyway I digress, and this is another large employer attracted to Belvedere and Erith. Asda have operated a large depot for some time as do Ocado (with a vast facility) and Tesco.
One thought was that the impending Silvertown Tunnel may be a factor though it seems unlikely. Lidl plan major expansion south of the Thames and in Kent and continue to regularly submit plans for various sites such as Erith and enlarging Foots Cray.
The company recently opened in Charlton and purchased a site off Waitrose in Bromley. Major expansion is on the cards.
New bus depot
Planning documents also reveal that land to the south west is in line to become a bus garage. It states “0.8 hectares of land in the south west corner of the site shall be reserved for a bus depot, of up to 700 sq.m”.
Perhaps a replacement site for Stagecoach in Plumstead with that site relatively close to Woolwich Crossrail station and near Plumstead station? Homes are planned directly opposite at a plot named “West Thamesmead Gateway”.
Maybe Bexleyheath as that site could be sold for a large number of new homes, or Arriva in Dartford as home are built opposite that depot?
You can view Lidl’s application here.