Another shop front poised to disappear on Lewisham Way

A planning application has been filed for 128-130 Lewisham Way, a retail unit currently occupied by Alcomax Lettings, to be converted into two flats. The shop is at the top end of Lewisham Way, opposite Ned's Beds - see it on Google street view. Alcomax has a second office on the corner of Lewisham Way and Rokeby Road, which was still open last time we looked.

In contrast, just up the road we noticed some new retail or office units have been created as part of a new-build development at the top of Tanners Hill, on the corner with St. Nicholas Street.

Seems barmy that shops on a bustling thoroughfare are being converted to flats, while retail units are strapped to the bottom of new build apartments on a largely residential side-street.

19 comments:

mintness said...

"Seems barmy that shops on a bustling thoroughfare are being converted to flats, while retail units are strapped to the bottom of new build apartments on a largely residential side-street."

Especially when hardly anyone has bought into the nearby Elephant House development yet (or so it seems from the outside, anyway).

Pete said...

Talking about Tanners Hill I learnt today (actually quite old news) that Whitcomb cycles is closing its shop and moving to Wales.

I'm pretty shocked, given that they have been in that shop since 1950 something and are the only people actually building frames in London (Condor get them built in Italy).

It will be a sad day for cyclists in London and a sad day for Deptford.

Headhunter said...

Everyone's been saying that Whitcomb has been dying a bit of a death for quite a while now though....

Anonymous said...

"only people actually building frames in London"

Are you sure about that old chap? I know that many frame-specific shops buy in italian frames and rebadge them, but only amongst the cheaper models.

Is Roberts in Anerley still there? I'd be surprised if they weren't still building their own frames.

But it is very sad to see Whitcombs going.

Pete said...

Whitcomb got involved with someone called Tony Malone. They re-did the shop, hiked all the prices, started making Rapha-esque products which all made me think it was going to be a great success (at great expense to the customer) and yet they're now moving away to Wales.

The people on LGFSS are mighty pissed off at Mr Malone.

Anonymous said...

I suspect there's some kind of planning loophole in putting retail units of the bottom of residential developments - all of the stuff in Central Lewisham is boasting this, yet the high-street as we know it will be gone in a few years.

Pete said...

I can't say I'm 100% certain but it was one of Whitcomb's claims/USPs.

Tamsin said...

When!?! My daughter wants a new bike for her birthday but won't be around to choose one until mid July...

Brockley Jon said...

Guys - I've just posted a new story for Witcomb cycles, so please leave your comments there. I think they're moving for good reasons, but it will be a shame to see them go! :(

Anonymous said...

Shame to see an old established shop close,not many left now,There's a bike shop at the bottom of Loampit Hill,dont know what its like though.

Anonymous said...

Bike at the bottom of Loampit Vale is fine, as is the old Youngs shop on Lee High Road - plenty of good bike shops around. By the way, always best to go to a bike shop rather than buy them on-line - then you get after sales service - which is essential.

patrick1971 said...

Re the story, it's clear that Alcomax lettings was originally residential and has been converted into shops, so I don't think there's any real problem with converting the property back to full residential use, provided it's done in a way that is sympathetic to the upstairs facade. That whole section of Lewisham Way is pretty scuzzy and if Alcomax is vacating, you can bet that nothing salubrious will replace it.

mintness said...

Speaking of redevelopment, I see the unsightly fence outside 14 Manor Avenue has finally been removed. The builder blokes are still applying the finishing touches but the place actually looks like a real house again. Which is nice.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The world's biggest "For Sale" sign has gone from Upper Brockley Road too.

This might be old news I don't pass that way very often.

Headhunter said...

That's been gone for about a year now. Not sure whether the council finally enforced cons area regs after hundreds of complaints or whether they just sold all the flats.

That sign was ridiculously out of scale with its surroundings - it pretty much blotted out the entire 4 storey Victorian house behind it. You literally had to cross to the other side of the road to read it, it was more akin to the size of a sign at a major motorway junction!

whatifsydenham said...

I've and 'ex-Brockleyite' and been working in Sydenham to try to encourage shop owners to make their shop fronts more attractive.

One reason high streets are dying off is because a lot of them look rather shabby, uninspiring places to spend you cash.

The only way I've found to get people talking about it is to create 'what if' before and afters of shop fronts in the high street showing how they currently look and how they COULD look.

I've set up a blog: www.whatifsydenham.wordpress.com

Local business owners and the public have already taken an interest. I've done this for free to try to raise awareness of shop design. It doesn't have to be expensive. It's one way the high street can fight back against the large out of town stores and stop shops turning into ground floor flats.

There are a lot of local designers and artists in Brockely. Perhaps someone will set up 'what if brockley' to get people talking about it.

Anonymous said...

"There are a lot of local designers and artists in Brockely (sic)."

and only philistines in adjoining wards

Anonymous said...

Not such a rubbish idea whatif...

Not sure what the chap who posted after you was babbling about.

M said...

Nice idea Whatif... I really like the idea of decorating the shutters on closed shops and getting local artists involved.

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