Previous plans to demolish Leegate shopping centre for shops and housing are being altered after Galliard Homes purchased the site.
The tallest buildings are now above levels seen in previous proposals which have been ditched. I took a look at previous plans back in June 2018, which saw 393 homes. A previous plan in 2015 included an Asda removed by 2018. The number of homes is now up to around 600.
This is achieved by extending the main block facing a junction, and extending upwards another on the opposite corner of the plot beside Leybridge Estate. No change to the massing of the main tower appears evident to soften its appearance on a prominent corner spot. It will rise quite substantially over other buildings in the vicinity, with design that appears to somewhat lazily add floors without any other alterations.
The current post-war Leegate centre has seen shops close over a number of years as plans came and went without any building work.
Shop owners have often lacked certainty over their future as St Modwen sat on land for years before selling.
Whether Galliard can gain approval for 15 floors remains to be seen. Lewisham’s draft Local Plan does tacitly give the ok to some raising in height by suggesting 450 homes on this site, though 600 would mean heights rising in a number of areas:
By suggesting an indicative number of 450 homes – above levels seen in 2018 – this appears to go someway (but not all) to permitting any changes seen in a forthcoming application.
Transport is another issue to watch for. Will there be an increase in car parking above 2018 levels? Will nearby links be improved?
Galliard state 35 per cent will be “affordable”.
Information on a consultation being held can be seen here.