Major proposed Woolwich town centre development sold

An approved Woolwich town centre development has been sold by Meyer Homes almost a decade after being bought off Tesco.

London Square have purchased land after an arduous long-running saga over plots in front and behind the superstore.

Tower plan on site rejected

Tesco had intended to build on site 15 years ago but never proceeded beyond phases one and two. They eventually sold up 2015 to Meyer Homes alongside land in Bexleyheath and Lewisham. Both those plots have now been built out.

In Woolwich a tower plan was rejected including on temporary green space facing General Gordon Square.

Eventually approved

Most homes however are to be located behind the store along Grand Depot Road.

This section was revised when the tower element was altered and contains a number of perfunctory blocks.

Rear of site

The below image taken from when a planning application was submitted gives an overview of both phase three and four.

Phase three and four

Phase one and two was of course the Tesco superstore and housing above and to the rear. It famously won carbuncle of the year.

Not the best

What happens now with phase three and four remains to be seen. Yet another design change?

Or could we see residential units partially dropped for yet more student housing and/or co-living units?

Meyer Homes

In recent years former Tesco land at Bexleyheath sold to Meyer Homes was built out by Bellway.

This is now known as “Eastside Quarter” and includes more than 600 homes.

Viewed from adjacent car park

Plans for a micropub have just been approved on site for one of the commercial units on site.

Another plot in Lewisham has also recently completed and includes the town’s tallest tower beside Lewisham station.

Located beside Lewisham station

Tesco’s attempts at housebuilding left vacant wastelands in various town centres for many, many years with Dartford another victim.

That’s also finally being developed.

New homes coming to Dartford

This just leaves Woolwich to start.

Town centre site left for 15 years under Tesco then Meyer Homes

For now areas of the “temporary” green space is being used to replace flammable cladding on those early phases.


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