Leegate shopping centre plans: Think again, says official local group

Plans to redevelop Leegate shopping centre, a run-down precinct at the eastern edge of Lewisham, have been criticised by an official local group, who have called on owners St Modwen to reconsider their plans.

The Lee Green Assembly Working Group criticises the revised plans for cutting back on the amount of public space without answering concerns about the need for quality. In addition, they cite further problems such as the potential impact of traffic and pollution generated by the proposed Asda superstore’s service and car user entrances.

The charges are contained in the group’s response to St Modwen’s latest proposals, which go on public display in Leegate on Saturday 15 November. The Working Group was formed by Lee Green Assembly, the area forum that represents residents in Lee Green, to ensure local views were properly reflected in any proposed overhaul of the precinct, which has been on the decline for the last two decades.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Cllr Jim Mallory said, “We have welcomed the addition of housing to the proposals and the commitment to create a community resource, but we cannot support what appears to be a loss of more than half the existing public space.
“Further, the lack of quality in the layout of the public space is directly related to concerns that the likely impact of the increased traffic from Asda will make life miserable for shoppers and residents living in neighbouring streets.”

The group want St Modwen to think again before making any formal application to Lewisham Council for planning permission.

For further details in the Lee Green Assembly report, contact Jim Mallory on 020 8314 6964 or email:mallory21@hislibie.orangehome.co.uk; or cllr_jim.mallory@lewisham.gov.uk

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