No to Yellowsham


Local residents have launched a campaign against Big Yellow Self Storage's plans to build a storage warehouse opposite Lewisham Art House on Lewisham Way.

There is an online petition, supported by the Brockley Society, which you can sign here. The campaigners write:

Big Yellow Self Storage want to construct a five-storey, 10,000 sq metre (approx) self-storage warehouse on 155 Lewisham Way. Existing businesses were not consulted and will either close or be forced out of Lewisham. It will result in the loss of at least 30 jobs.

The architecture is unsympathetic and sits opposite a listed building and conservation area. If it is built it will blight the area for decades. There are already 11 storage companies within a 2-mile radius, nobody in Lewisham needs another one.

If it is built it will blight the area for decades. The first application was unanimously thrown out by Lewisham Councillors, but now Big Yellow are demanding a Public Inquiry and we need to make the Planning Inspectorate fully aware of local feeling by the 5th November.

That's a succinct and well-reasoned set of objections. Storage warehouses don't belong on high streets - they have large blank facades that offer nothing to pedestrians and they rely on customers in cars, adding traffic to a stretch of road that already suffers from congestion. Allowing this to go ahead would be tantamount to throwing in the towel - giving up on any prospect of improving Lewisham Way's fortunes.

89 comments:

Clare said...

They tried doing similar in Lee, on the South Circular. It would have looked a nightmare. Their applications kept getting rejected but they would submit more, so the organisers of this campaign need to prepare for a long fight!

Tamsin said...

Totally agree that it would look awful but would like more back-up detail on the closure of businesses and net loss of jobs.

Anonymous said...

Looks alright to me, but don't let that stop another bout of rampant mungism.

Paddyom said...

The proposal is undoubtedly rank, however the buildings there at present are also pretty dire. So apart from the awful colour, seems much of a muchness to me.

maxink said...

The Big Yellow branding is a statement of corporate arrogance. Imposing such awfuless on high streets is a sign of a trash corporate culture and the company headquarters should be bombed by the RAF. With dung!

Anonymous said...

If it was a big yellow organic cafe this site would be creaming itself.

CP Dweller said...

not sure exactly where this is? Is it opposite Upper Brockley Rd (near Cinnamon)?

Clare said...

Now Max, don't hold back, say what you mean! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Would It be alright to have Big Blue Storage

LewishamLovely said...

erm, anon @ 10.20am - doesn't nick make the point saying that the fact it's a self storage facility means it adds nothing - and probably detracts - from it's proposed high street location? so, yes, we probably all agree with you - if it were an organic cafe we'd probably like it. still wouldn't be sure about the yellow though.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they could do storage and cafe combined

Hugh said...

Beneath the opposition lurks a yearning for Lewisham Way to become, by magic (it would have to be), the new Creekside.

I don't mind the Big Yellow proposal myself. That road is destined to remain a sh*thole forever however you look at it.

little said...

The road is not 'destined to remain a sh*thole' just yet.
Yesterday, I drove all the way across London on the A2 and A4, and it passes through some sh*tholes, but also some vibrant hight streets, despite the traffic.

Even though I wouldn't even mind having somewhere to store all my junk, a building of this size would cause desertification of this stretch of road.

maxink said...

Hugh please spare a thought for the artists of the Art House that nip out to have a cigarette and will have to stare at that. What will this do to their artistic endeavours?

Also, the Arthouse that fronts it is a fine neoclassical building that gives a sense of place and provides historical reference as originally part of the Carnegie donation. It should be upheld for its living role of a community focus and architectural benchmark, not dwarfed by a monstruosity whose loud overblown design serves no purpose other than to advertise itself.

Nux said...

Hear Hear!

CP Dweller (again) said...

where is the intended location exactly?

Anonymous said...

Looks like it's next door to Uncle Ned's Beds to me - are you new to the area?

Roger Foster said...

Hugh has a point, what do you expect for the future of LW? Having said that poor planning rules/application are the main reason that London is such a dog's dinner depsite having a great deal of fine architecture, old and new. Another reason is poor standards in architecture largely driven by costs.

CP Dweller said...

No mate, I've just lived in Crofton Park for the last thirteen years hence have little reason to use that stretch of Lewisham Way. (Still none the wiser though. I'll get my bike out and take a look. It'll be quicker)

Boiled wool jumper wearer said...

This current beauty spot is the proposed location:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=uncle+ned%27s+beds&sll=51.500152,-0.126236&sspn=0.043546,0.132093&g=london&ie=UTF8&hq=uncle+ned%27s+beds&hnear=London,+UK&ll=51.471841,-0.030824&spn=0,359.983488&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=51.471928,-0.030945&panoid=Ykhuzidn47ggFD1El8jnEA&cbp=12,128.62,,0,-1.02

...not in my back yard!

CP dweller said...

Got it now. Thanks BWJ

BrockleyBiker said...

To the simple minded, dull eejits who like to pathetically bang on about 'mungism' in a tired way, any moves to make Lewisham Way look more like the Old Kent is a BAD thing. It is not hard. Lewisham Way is not the nicest place, but that is no reason to set no limits on how low it could possibly sink.

Auntie Nimby said...

Can anyone explain why this in the picture shown the unit is yellow when in the planning application it is white?

Anyone else bothered to look at the planning application?

If you do you will see local businesses were consulted - over 180 neighbours written to and only 6 objected.

Tressilliana said...

Not that succinct -they've repeated the blight for decades phrase twice.

Bloke said...

I find the large yellow box thing is very modern london; bold, haphazard, uncompromising and antagonistic toi those not part of its tribe.

It is a bit disingenuous to mention job losses though, as storage facilities also include cheap office space which can be rented from 1 month or longer and creatives on a shoe string use them as work spaces.

Aunty Nimbie said...

And failed to explain why twice too.

The current buildings have blighted the area for the past twenty years anyway.

Big yellow have appealed to the Planning Inspector that does not constitute a Public Inquiry.

I could go on.....

Pete said...

Their buildings are always yellow. There's one on the A40 (I think) on the way into London from Oxford. It isn't really the sort of thing that you want on a highstreet.

If we could go back in time would we support or object to the building of the Citigroup building in the middle of Lewisham (along with the multistory car park)?

Anonymous said...

Funny then that the one on their web site is brick with a discreet yellow sign.

Lewisham have lost control over what it looks like by letting it go to appeal.

Anonymous said...

actually most of the shops could do with closing down on lewisham way. it might deter: the drunks hanging around pestering you for some change please - so I can get tanked up on the diamond white; the youths with their fighter dogs pacing up n down the streets with a chip on their shoulder; people using the pavements as litter bins for their half masticated chicken and chips; and dealers trying to sell me skunk everytime i go to tesco's metro. Lewisham way stinks of weed and do you ever see any police? no. well that's a lie, they do seem to use lewisham way and surrounding roads as their very own silvertone racetrack.

mintness said...

I've lived a few steps from Lewisham Way for the best part of four years now and never been offered skunk yet, either outside the Tesco Express or anywhere else. I feel thoroughly insulted now. (A Chicken Carton Crackdown would be greatly welcome, though.)

Boiled wool jumper wearer said...

Hold on a sec - how much were they asking for the weed?

Anonymous said...

mint: don't feel insulted. i live not too far from lewisham way for seven years now. I don;t despise but it has got a lot worse. Only yesterday some rasta tried to sell me dope. it's happened five times in the last three weeks.

There is waft of dope at 8am in the monring, midday and eve. usually around the bus stops and the WWII monument. And the only time I see the police is when I see the blue lights tearing down the road/

I hate the smell and I hate the feeling that some bugger is gonna try and sell me some gear.
The chicken and chips is a big issue but for the whold of south london - i thnk it's the regional dish. Number of times I;ve had to prise a bone out of my dogs mouth.

Anonymous said...

mint: don't feel insulted. i live not too far from lewisham way for seven years now. I don;t despise but it has got a lot worse. Only yesterday some rasta tried to sell me dope. it's happened five times in the last three weeks.

There is waft of dope at 8am in the monring, midday and eve. usually around the bus stops and the WWII monument. And the only time I see the police is when I see the blue lights tearing down the road/

I hate the smell and I hate the feeling that some bugger is gonna try and sell me some gear.
The chicken and chips is a big issue but for the whold of south london - i thnk it's the regional dish. Number of times I;ve had to prise a bone out of my dogs mouth.

Anonymous said...

Most of the gear they sell Is rubbish,You would be better off smoking dried Marjoram.

Anonymous said...

That looks quite good. Brightens up a crap stretch of road.

Tressillian James said...

I was offered last week - outside of Tesco Express - thought it was a one off

graeme said...

Are they selling pukka weed, or is it a bunch of crack-heads trying to scam you with dried herbs or shoe-polish like they used to in Soho?

(No - I don't want any btw. Those days are over for me.)

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

This is quite an interesting proposal.

I have looked at the design and access statement submitted by BYSS and most of the criticisms are covered.

I don't like the way the petition organiser has misrepresented the application.

-It is white not yellow
-184 neighbours were consulted
-It will blight the area for decades -on what basis?
-The architecture is unsympathetic -subjective assessment which has some merit but what other style and materials do they expect for an modern "employment area" as designated by the council?
An planning appeal is not a Public Inquiry.
Loss of 30 jobs -how was this calculated?

I have to say I have never considered Lewisham Way a "High Street" as there are too many mixed uses - which begs the question what would everyone like to see there?

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Forgot to say I was offered what the vendor described as Ganja last week outside Tesco's.

I didn't purchase so I cannot comment on what it constituted.

Anonymous said...

well it appears that I'm not the only one being offered gear. Started to think that I had junkie written all over my forehead. Maybe the police can pull their finger out and do a bit of undercover policing and nick the toerags, plus the gangsta kids with their dangerous dogs walking around without a leash on. That'll improve the crime stats for the area. Or maybe, like me, they feel apprehensive about walking down lewisham way and some kind of trouble flaring up if you give someone the wrong look.

Pete said...

I saw some empty fried chicken boxes on the Lewisham Way war memorial steps recently. It's great how people can show their respect in such differing ways.

Anonymous said...

anyone got the link to the application? I'd like to see where all these consultees were based..

Anonymous said...

anyone got the link to the application? I'd like to see where all these consultees were based..

mintness said...

I've honestly never felt threatened on Lewisham Way. Ever so slightly perturbed by the sheer numbers of people hanging about doing nothing of any obvious import, perhaps, but certainly not threatened. Maybe it is because I is a Geordie, or maybe it's because I have different expectations of, you know, an A-road. There's certainly no denying the permanent whiff of weed that emanates from the cars parked between Manor Avenue and Upper Brockley Road, though - you'd think it'd be enough of a fixture for someone in a position of authority to have noticed it by now, but there you go.

Anonymous said...

mintness: someone is clearly dealing from the flats just behind the war memorial on the corner of Upper Brockley Road. It's been going on for years. Cars pulling up at all hours, people popping inside for a few minutes then driving off. The Police must be aware, but I've never seen anything done about it.

Anonymous said...

well let's hope the police or some councillor reads these posts and get there arses in to gear.

won;t hold my breath tho.

Sal said...

The police are well aware of what goes on - but are reluctant to clean the area up in case a power vaccuum ensues and younger, tougher dealers move in. I'm surprised that Lewisham Council isn't more concerned by the proximity of so many dealers to Rokeby House (a hostel for recovering addicts).

Anonymous said...

To put this back on track the planning reference is DC/09/71479X.

I can't do links.

Tressilliana said...

http://tiny.cc/UPoAw

That's the link.

Headhunter said...

Dealing round the war memorial by the short parade of shops by Cinammon has been going on for years n years, it was first discussed on this site a couple of years ago. There are always cars with single occupants and people loitering around there. The police have been told but don't seem to have bothered doing anything about it. As one of the previous posters mentions they are usually more intent on blasting along Lewisham Way lights flashing and sirens on. I hadn't noticed that it had spread to Lewisham Way/outside Tesco Metro.

Still dealing hasn't reached anywhere near the epic proportions it has in other areas like Brixton. You can't take 2 steps for half a mile round Brixton Tube without someone offering you "skunk, weed, hash".

Anonymous said...

The police are too scared to get out of their cars. Though i must admit don't blame em. Previous poster is right about being intimidated along lewisham way, I too have been offered skunk, had some drunk right up in my face asking for money and been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse.

I think anti-stab vests should be issued as part of council tax.

Anonymous said...

Its not that much worse than what is there already.

There is already a Plumb Centre / mini Industrial Estate there - assuming they are moving out who else is going to take up the site? What else might be built? Or would it stand empty for years and become derelict and a nice area fot all the yobs/drug smokers etc that already hang out in the area?

Shame to loose the trees though.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=155+Lewisham+Way,+Lewisham,+London+SE14+6QP,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FZNlEQMdBIr__w&split=0&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=6.881357,14.941406&hq=&hnear=155+Lewisham+Way,+London+SE14+6QP,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.471734,-0.030684&spn=0,359.980752&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.471832,-0.030811&panoid=m2JLMJId09D3tFfG-c7JqA&cbp=12,94.05,,0,2.59

Joker said...

If you spin the image around a bit, you get to see Headhunter chasing Hugh! (or is it the other way round?)

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=155+Lewisham+Way,+Lewisham,+London+SE14+6QP,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FZNlEQMdBIr__w&split=0&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=6.881357,14.941406&hq=&hnear=155+Lewisham+Way,+London+SE14+6QP,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.471734,-0.030684&spn=0,359.980752&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.471832,-0.030811&panoid=m2JLMJId09D3tFfG-c7JqA&cbp=12,94.05,,0,2.59

Joker said...

Sorry, didn't work. (You'll have to double click on the wall of the building behind the trees, and then play with the direction arrows, if you're bothered)

Anonymous said...

187 Neighbours consulted (sent letters) - 6 bothered to reply - all 6 against.

It was rejected in August anyway (although Im sure they will appeal.

Is the building really going to be Yellow? The Black & White PDFs on the council website dont help much.

I also imagine that Big Yellow have researched this and think there is demand!

And this is better!?
http://tiny.cc/UyRB1

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Brockley Society appears to support this according to the planning docs submitted by Big Yellow:

"The proposals have also been
presented to the Brockley Society at their meeting of the 7 April 2009. The feedback from
them was generally very positive and informal comments expressed at the meeting included that the building was well designed and much better than the current buildings"

But here the Brockley Society say they reject it. What is going on? The Brockley Society have considerable sway - but my experience of meetings is that there are one or two people making these decisions in the light of personal feeling - with no set planning agenda of what the society supports or does not support.

Can anyone tell us - does the Brockley Society support this? How did Big Yellow get to use its name?

Anonymous said...

Been lloking through the docs and cant see where it says that it will be white and not yelolow? Surely people aren't goign on the black & white photo submitted by Big Yellow?

Anonymous said...

The buildings currently on that site are just your standard trading estate units.

Replacing it with a somewhat taller building seems not big deal. But yellow? Eeek! I hope they are going to issue with the local dope dealers and nicotine addicted artist with decent sunspecs so they don't get a migraine.

Personally I hate these storage businesses. They usually have an outrageous series of extra charges and they play on the sad hoarding afflication that many suffer from.

Lewisham Way is a pretty depressing stretch of road. I confidently predict the council will grant permission sooner or later. Collecting business rates from one company rather than makes their life easier. Lewisham loves big corporations, the evidence is all around and they make it the place it is today, held hostage to the car and largely denuded of small businesses.

Anonymous said...

Look at the Design and Access statement.

Colour image showing building white with 2 small yellow panels each side of the glazing.

maxink said...

It does look white indeed! What happened to the big yellow statement?
Looks like they finally got that message.

Anonymous said...

actually the weed they are selling is quite good. Found a baggy on my way home once outside cinnamon and whoo! niiice.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Lewisham Way a road of two halves?

The majority of the Goldsmith side being reasonable and the other mainly mainly depressing but with some excellent buildings dotted along the way.

From the centre of London this is the main road into Lewisham and it's not a good advert.

With the plans for Lewisham Gateway etc I assume the site can't be converted to residential use?

With the wide pavement could that area become a centre for evening entertainment?

When Lewisham College departs what's to become of that site?

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It used to amaze me the number of customers the all night 'barbers' used to have at 2am in the morning.

patrick1971 said...

"The police are well aware of what goes on - but are reluctant to clean the area up in case a power vaccuum ensues and younger, tougher dealers move in."

Marvellous! Let's not stop crime in case we get more crime. And our politicians wonder why we have no faith in the police and think that crime is going up. Seriously, it's exactly this sort of thing. We ALL know there's dealing there. The dealers make no attempt to hide it. It's been going on for years. And yet nothing is done. We're quite right to be cynical about it.

Re the building itself, I don't really have a huge problem with it, apart from the scale; wouldn't want a five storey building there, and I agree that we don't want to turn Lewisham Way into the Old Kent Road. What is there currently isn't that great, and the staff at that PlumbCentre are exceptionally rude so I can't say I'll miss it.

Anonymous said...

Shame then that the scheme retains the Plumb Center....

:-)

patrick1971 said...

Does it really? It's not clear from that picture. So is it just the low building that's on the street that will go? Odd, wouldn't have thought that space would be large enough for a big warehouse. I will still not be going back to the PlumbCentre though :-)

Anonymous said...

dont understand why some coffee equip company that will benefit noone except the owners is "really welcome" but a storage company is not. Lets not forget with the growth of property developments with very small apartments the need for secure storage is growing. The site is an eyessore already -anything will be an improvement- lets welcome new businesses to the area.

On the other topic - i notice that many of you that are posting are RELATIVELY newer members of the community. As someone who has born here (40+ years ago) i can remember a time when the lewisham way was a violent red light district (as recently as mid 90s). there is an unemployment issue and still alot of poverty in lewisham. With that comes the underground - hence the occassional weed seller. There have been massive improvements to the area and while its not ideal we are moving in the right direction. New businesses and investment is key to the prosperity of this area. Please focus on the REAL issues.

ps there is no common in brockley

Mayzie Brockley said...

Just to clear up a few of points
The Brockley Society met with Big Yellow’s consultants whom obviously got confused that being courteous and actually agreeing to something are two completely different things. The Brockley Society did not approve this development in any shape nor form.
There were so few objections because the Planning Application was being pushed through in August. However the Brockley Society spoke against the development along with a local business owner who has been occupying the existing building for 20 years and was not even consulted – for which the Planning Officer later apologised. Lewisham Council were offered a 50 grand ‘Planning Gain’ payment by Big Yellow.
There will be significant job losses as a result of this development and the landlords are trying to force out existing tenants. The site could support up to 100 local jobs, instead Big Yellow would give employment to just 4 people with name badges. Everyone would agree that the existing site does not look good, but equally they is something much better that can be done with the site.
Whilst ‘signage’ is a separate planning application, the picture is coloured in yellow because every other Big Yellow is that colour, it is part of their brand.
Fortunately Councillors voted unequivocally against the proposal (5 against, 1 abstention), hence Big Yellow are going the route of a Public Inquiry, which means the Council (and Planning Department) now have to fight Big Yellow.
The Council’s reason for refusing planning permission were:
1. The proposed development would result in the loss of existing industrial units within a defined employment are of a type suitable for a range of employment generating uses.
2. The proposed building, by reason of its height and location would have an overbearing impact on the residential properties adjacent to the site
Hope that helps

Anonymous said...

thank you Mayzie Brockley appreciate your clarity

Paddyom said...

It doesnt look 5 storeys tall in the artists impression, its lower than a 3 storey building next door.

Brockley Kate said...

Thanks for the info Mayzie!

Headhunter said...

That the police are completely aware of drug dealing by the war memorial is not a surprise, why they do nothing is more of a mystery but I can fully believe that they are happy to turn a blind eye whilst it goes on quietly. Perhaps if someone gets shot or stabbed there as part of some kind of gang fight we might see something done...

Anonymous said...

Come on Headhunter, half the Conservation Area is on coke at the weekends. It's their one exception to the "all fairtrade" rule.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I seem to recall there was a shooting outside the Carribean takeaway within the last two years.

Luckily the bullet passed through the shop missing everone inside and outside.

Any one remember this? I think it was reported on here.

mintness said...

You recall correctly:

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/2008/02/brockley-bites-deeds-not-words-edition.html

Headhunter said...

Oh yes, I remember that now. So a shooting wasn't enough for the police. They and the council are obviously more concerned that "they" may be after our i-pods. Definitely a far greater worry for the gentrifying hordes in Brockers, no problem if a bullet passes through a non essential organ, just don't nick my expensive consumer goods!

Headhunter said...

Speak for yourself anon 15:48, my body is an organic, fair trade temple. I would never, ever, sully it with that sort of poison! I may consider chewing on an unadulterated, organic, fair trade coca leaf if offered...

Moker said...

"taking local jobs" - Surely they're CREATING local jobs?

Stupid South Londoners.

man on the corner said...

Have you ever been to a self storage outfit and seen the hoards of staff they employ?

Thought not.

Stupid North Londoner....

Anonymous said...

I don't really have a view on this as its quite a way from where I live.

Having looked at the petition site however I wonder whether the objectors may have shot themselves in the foot.

Most of the objections are based on the yellow colour of the building whereas the intention was for it to be predominently white.

This will be self evident to the planning inspector who may well see fit to dismiss all those objections based on colour.

We shall see in due course

love detective said...

"I wonder whether the objectors may have shot themselves in the foot"

i'd agree with that as well (assuming it's not the big yellow company who are misrepresenting what colour it's goingn to be)

potentially will devalue, by association, any of the other valid arguments against it as well

Anonymous said...

I expect the replacement of workers in the existing units with some grumpy fellow selling boxes, bubblewrap and minding the security cameras will have a knock on affect on the other businesses in the area. He is unlikely to match the amount spent locally by the existing workers unless he is completely ravenous at lunchtime, has a serious nicotine and newpaper habit and guzzles hot beverages by the gallon. Of course, if he partakes of the some of the pharmaceuticals and herbal remedies hawked by the local dealers then anything is possible.

But who would trust the storage of their surplus domestic object d'art to such an outfit?

Anonymous said...

As an immediate neighbour I object to this proposal, it will have a significant impact on the view and daylight into the first floor flats in Innercity House (the building with Ladbrokes on the ground floor). This is a purely selfish reason for objecting; I think it will affect the value of our property.

But my main objection is to the quality of the design, it is very poor, and does nothing to enhance the streetscape in this area. Of course Lewisham Way is not the prettiest part of Brockley but it has a strong diverse community and some good local shops and the community deserves better. As was said in the original post, if this is the type of architecture the council thinks is appropriate to a community high street we may as well give up.

The public enquiry will take place early 2010 however if you want to lodge a complaint you have until the 10th November.

This is an extract from the letter of complaint that I am sending to the planners in advance of the public enquiry:

“The London plan requires inspiration and excitement in the urban realm. We should strive for the highest possible quality of design. We understand that Lewisham way is not an urban environment of the quality of central London however this should not be used as an excuse to short change the residents of the area with poor quality design. We believe that the use on the site of self storage does not necessarily preclude the possibility of a fa├žade design which is high quality contemporary architecture which respects the surrounding buildings and provides an interesting experience at street level.

Many people who live in the surrounding area already consider Lewisham Way to be an eyesore and a place that is not valued by the community. The development of one of the major sites along this street is an opportunity to address this issue. If the council shows no respect to the local residents by approving poor quality design it is unreasonable to expect the residents to respect, look after and feel proud of their environment.

Although the current proposal is marginally better than the existing buildings on the site this is not a reason to approve the planning application. The developers, architects and Lewisham council should respect the local residents and take this opportunity to create an example of good design on this prominent and interesting site on Lewisham Way.

We strongly urge the council to refuse this planning application.”

Anonymous said...

what's the latest on this ugly monstrosity?

Anonymous said...

re anon above: I spoke to the planning department last week and they said that the public enquiry will be held in jan 2009 however if you want to submit a complaint you have to get it to them by 10th november...

Tressilliana said...

I hope they meant Jan 2010 or there won't be much point in commenting!

David said...

I see the BIG YELLOW plans HAVE been approved !
A FURNITURE-MAKER says he fears for his business after a warehouse company won its appeal to demolish his store.

Big Yellow’s plans for a storage warehouse on Lewisham Way, Brockley were rejected last August by a Lewisham Council planning committee, due to concerns over loss of employment from the seven retail units which would be demolished.

But that decision was overturned by the Planning Inspectorate following a public inquiry in January.

Barry Yarde, who manages Axion furniture makers, one of two businesses left on the site, said he was “stunned” by the decision.

He said: “I’ve been on tenterhooks for the last six months and now we’re not sure what the future holds. Obviously we’ll have to move out but new premises will cost us a fortune.”

Mr Yarde, who employs six other people at the shop, has always said he was not made aware of the plans until the day of the planning committee meeting, despite Lewisham Council saying 183 consultation letters were sent out.

He said: “It’s incompetence, in my opinion, that nobody informed us.

”Ideally we’d stay in the borough, but the way we’ve been treated I don’t feel like I owe anyone any favours.”

Ward councillor Cllr Darren Johnson said: “I’m deeply disappointed. We’ll see jobs being lost there at a time of recession in favour of a storage warehouse that’s not going to generate employment.”

Big Yellow property director Andrew Watson pointed out there would still be capacity for three businesses on the site.

He said: “The current businesses’ leases are protected. If we serve notice on them they’ll receive statutory compensation."

Mr Watson added: “We’re very pleased with the inspectors’ decision, which is in line with council officers’ original recommendation.”

Lewisham Council will also have to pay as yet undisclosed costs.

The company has previously made seven unsuccessful applications for a warehouse in Baring Road, Lee, but won another appeal last May for a similar building at Westhorne Avenue, Eltham.

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This is just absolute rubbish, council taxpayers of Lewisham have to pay costs to this company?

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