Residents force meeting over Leegate Centre

Actions of a local residents group ‘A Better Lee Green’ led to a meeting between the deputy mayor, Cllr Alan Smith, planning department officials, local councillors and over 100 residents on 14th October in Trinity School.

Residents expressed concern that proposed redevelopment plans for the Leegate Centre will lead to increased pollution and congestion with thousands of new cars at Lee Green junction per day; the loss of a public square which the community can never recover and the lost of 35 small retail units leaving residents with two large supermarkets; a huge increase in height and density; the placing of the market on a slim strip next to a congested, polluted road and very little altnernative retail, eating and drinking and leisure/entertainment in their town centre for years to come.

Residents stressed that the proposed plans seem to flout National and Lewisham planning policies designed to safeguard residents rights to well designed and sustainable town centres.

Residents agreed that something has to be done about the Leegate Centre, but these plans only lead to new problem: They urged St Modwens to go back to the drawing board.

Cllr  Smith confirmed that the concerns of residents were heard.

Details of the meeting can be read in the Newshopper online



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  1. Julie
    November 11, 2014

    The large doors place further south in Lee is being made into a supermarket, so there is really no need for yet another one at Lee Green. I’d much rather have a cinema and community place, but it wouldn’t make so much money!

  2. Julie Williams
    November 13, 2014

    I presume you are talking about Select A Door on Burnt Ash Hill. I noticed it was boarded up this morning when I drove past. Do you know what supermarket it is going to be? I did hear it might be a small Tesco’s.
    Going back to Leegate, no a cinema and community centre will not make St Modwen enough money, but that doesn’t mean they should be ruled out. They could be the starting block to work from. Of course we are realistic and appreciate this project has to be viable, but we have been told right from the start that we must have an ‘anchor store’ on this site and there is no other choice. St Modwen have shown no evidence that any other option was looked into. It is difficult not to see the option of a large ‘anchor store’ as the simplest means of making a guaranteed profit without taking a risk. Unfortunately for them, our community are not making it a simple option after all.
    How can we allow our public square (although sad as it currently is) to be lost to a large supermarket? Once built on we will never get it back. We believe this site has huge potential for our community and still bring in a profit for the developer. We are campaigning for a proper public consultation where the residents and users of Leegate are listened to and not just told what we are going to have.

  3. November 14, 2014

    Btw the old door shop is being turned into a One-Stop mini-supermarket.

    One-stop stores are franchise stores which are back, supported and managed by TESCO. Essentially, it is an easier way for TESCO to force their way into communities without using the ‘TESCO’ brand above the front door.

    You can check it out here:

    Case reference: DC/14/89537
    31 Burnt Ash Hill

  4. Julie Williams
    November 14, 2014

    Thanks for that. I’ve heard of these stores, didn’t know they were called ‘One-Stop’. I personally think it will do very well there. Wonder if there are any other shops in this parade that will be effected negatively by this new addition? Must say that ‘Select A Door’ was not particularly attractive to look at. I hope the other traders around it will benefit somehow.

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