Tower plans for Catford retail sheds

Consultation is beginning on plans for a major mixed-use development in Catford town centre.

Barratt Homes seek to build on the site of out-of-town style retail barns including Lidl, McDonalds and Dreams.

A one-way system currently runs around the site – named Catford island – and is due for changes as part of a £10 million project.

There’s the obligatory wasteful large car park in a town centre location under the current land use.

Courtesy Google.

The consultation is very vague on detail except for building heights:

Buildings would top out at 20 floors.

This follows the blueprint set within the Catford Town Centre Framework published in June 2021.

The consultation states: “We know that public realm and green space in the town centre were top concerns for local residents during consultation of the Framework.

That is why we want Play, Planting and Produce to be central to this space; we think that this new green community space could include a new public square and gardens, with a play corridor running down the centre of the site and a place for the community to grow produce.”

Of course that’s what just about every developer states. Let’s see what the planning application brings when it arrives.

To view early plans click here.

Events will be held:

  • Outside The Catford Centre on Saturday 16 October from 10am-1pm.
  • Outside Lidl on site on Tuesday 19 October from 12-2pm.
Approved in recent months

Plans for a 10-storey building directly adjacent to this site were approved in August 2021.




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One thought on “Tower plans for Catford retail sheds

  • The gyratory is probably unique in that shopping traffic to it doesn’t cause traffic jams in the area, and people stuck in traffic often stop off at McDonalds while they wait for a petty accident to clear (and the 2am pedestrians queuing for the drive-thru is always a fun sight). The area is begging for a new road layout as the gyratory turns traffic in any one of it’s exits into gridlock for at least a mile in every direction. Sadly the tower blocks will make a new layout impossible. I think it would have been better to keep it as commercial use as it’s already near a major shopping area, and is probably one of the most polluted areas in south London. Many modern commercial developments have made much better use of space, as cinemas and loading/storage areas can be sited underground, and there’s nothing stopping a park existing on top a single story of pedestrianised retail units.


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