A retail park near Lewisham station looks set to remain as two plans to refurbish and alter units have been submitted.
Legal and General own the retail park and gained permission for 535 homes and shops in 2019, however they have yet to gain possession of older buildings on part of the land.
L&G stated: “Due to the complexities associated with site acquisition, L&G are currently engaging in discussions with the Council regarding the delivery of this planning permission for comprehensive redevelopment.”
The site currently houses Sports Direct, Matalan and a site office for an adjacent tower currently under construction.
Lewisham retail park changes has been a development this site has covered for at least five years.
One plan is to permit food sales at one unit, and another sees L&G now seek to install “new shopfronts and re-cladding of the units 1-4 at Lewisham Retail Park Loampit Vale SE13, together with the creation of new pedestrian to the front, the reconfiguration of car and cycle parking and new sheltered cycle stands”.
There are four units on site. As for Unit 1, they state: “Currently this unit is vacant. Food retail is permitted and a potential occupier is in discussions with L&G and should take occupation subject to improvements being made to the appearance of the building and parking area.”
Sports Direct occupy Unit 2.
Unit 4 is occupied by Matalan, who would move to Unit 3 with food use sought at Unit 4.
Mothercare previously vacated the site.
Towers next door
The plan to retain a vehicle-centric retail park beside a new residential tower goes against planning policy to encourage mixed-use development in sites of excellent public transport links.
Those links have taken a knock somewhat, as the Bakerloo Line extension doesn’t look like gaining funding anytime soon, and a 2030 opening date will not be met.
In addition, even a new public entrance to Lewisham station – to increase passenger access and included as part of the new tower development next door – is now not going to open when the tower completes as covered on this site last week.
There is no date for opening the new station entrance and exit beside Platform 1.