Matalan Masterplan

Legal & General has submitted a planning application for the:

"Demolition of the existing buildings at Lewisham Retail Park and Nos. 66 – 76 Loampit Vale and construction of buildings 7 – 24 storeys in height comprising 4,343sqm commercial floorspace (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, B1, D1 & D2) and 536 residential units with on-site energy centre, car parking, cycle parking, and associated landscaping."

The site is currently occupied by four large-format stores, including Mothercare, Matalan, Sports Direct and Family Bargains.
The development in context (when Lewisham Gateway is completed)
The seven replacement towers will form a perimeter around a large communal garden on the second floor while the pavements on Jerrard Street, Thurston Road and Loampit Vale will be repaved "to create boulevards."
One of the new 'boulevards'
The developers have also proposed a new public 'Station Square’, which would form a link with the neighbouring development planned to replace Carpetright.
The new retail space on Loampit Vale
The current site is soul-crushingly ugly, both in terms of the buildings that occupy it and the roads that circle it. This proposal would add density and continue to drag the centre of Lewisham further towards Brockley, creating new retail space that will have a chance of attracting some decent brands.

This development would transform one of the borough's most desolate spots at a time when many London developers are getting cold feet, but it would be good to see the Council drive the best possible deal for the public realm. Given the scale and density of the development, those boulevards better be paved with gold.

Thanks to Marc for the heads-up.

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