Leegate Plans given the Go-Ahead

7 Councillors attended 17th May Strategic Committee Meeting. They listened to planning officers, St Modwen and community objectors to the plans. At the end of the meeting the plans, unamended to take account of local concerns, were approved with councillors voting as follows. Cllr Amanda De Ryk (Blackheath) - approve Cllr Kevin Bonavia (Blackheath) - approve Cllr Joan Reid (Lewisham Central) - approve Cllr John Paschoud (Perry Vale) - approve Cllr Abdeslam Amrani (Catford South)- approve Cllr Paul Bell (Telegraph Hill) - abstain Cllr John Coughlin (Brockl...

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Leegate Decision to be Made 17th May

Local people are invited to the Planning Committee's meeting 17 May at 7.30 pm at Lewisham's Council Chambers Civic Suite Catford Road, London SE6. No need to register. The future of Leegate will be decided by 10 of Lewisham's councillors at this meeting. Despite there being huge local objection to the plans planning officers have recommended that councillors accept the plans. The meeting's agenda can be seen here: http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=194&MId=4358  

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Latest press coverage and what happens now?

The council await St Modwen’s response to concerns expressed in December's meeting. Councillors are keen that St Modwen improves the centre in the meantime by issuing 'meanwhile leases' on the units. Below is this week's letter in the Newshopper from Lee Manor Society entitled ‘Will planners hear residents?’ In December's meeting Cllr Bell said he had never seen an application with so many objectors. The results of Lewisham’s consultation, which was open to all to respond with the names of individual respondents kept confidential, were For the ...

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Leegate Decision Deferred

At Wednesday's strategic committee planning meeting, Councillors voted unanimously to defer the decision on proposed Leegate plans pending further discussions with St Modwen regarding aspects of the scheme (listed on pages 128-129 here). Wishing you a Merry Christmas Sarah, Julie and Marietta

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Decision Date 16th December

Leegate decision to be made 16th December 7.15pm Civic Suite Lewisham Town Hall Catford Road, SE6. The meeting is open to the public. Come if you can as numbers will show  this is important to local people. Hope to see you there!

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12 December Clean Air Event

16 people turned up for a last minute Clean Air event in Leegate to highlight the public health implications of St Modwen's Leegate plans before the strategic committee meet to decide the application on the 16th December

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Everyone Welcome to our Meeting 1st June

We invite you to hear expert in neighbourhood planning and community engagement, Tony Burton CBE, explain how a neighbourhood forum and plan can strengthen the community by giving it a legal voice in local planning matters. The meeting is on Monday 1st June 7.30 - 9.00pm at 21 Meadowcourt Road, Lee SE3 9DU (King’s Church).  Everyone is welcome. There will be plenty of room and refreshments. View on Google Map Grove Park, Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park and the Corbett Estate in Catford already have forums and there are hundreds of other communities who ...

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St Modwen Submit Plans. Community has Deadline of 15th April

St Modwen submit their plans for the redevelopement of the Leegate Centre to Lewisham Council. The community have until 15th April to give their feedback to Lewisham Council and the Strategic Planning Committee, made up of elected councillors and advised by Lewisham's planning officers will then make the final decision in early summer.  Make sure that by 15th April you have submitted your feedback on St Modwen’s plans to Lewisham council. This is important because your comments should become a part of the planning application. You can do this by ...

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Study Proves Proposed Public Space Highly Polluted

In January 2015 A Better Lee Green partnered with Network for Clean Air to measure current pollution levels around the Leegate Centre. We are working on a full report which will be released soon, but here is a short summary: A tube at the tigers head measures dangerous pollutants at 75% above legal maximum limits A tube 16 metres back from burnt ash road  - where st modwen plan the back of their public space to be - measures 53% above legal limits A tube in the centre of the current, sheltered square - which is the configuration of public space in the new ...

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Julia Fletcher enables the Community to have their say

Julia Fletcher Leegate Flyer Julia Fletcher is helping A Better Lee Green by delivering over 2000 flyers in Lee Green Ward to alert people to A Better Lee Green's Leegate survey, enabling everyone to have their say in what they want in Lee Green  

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Jenny Jones tells Steve Bullock ‘Size of the Superstore is the Problem’

  London Assembly Member, Baroness Jenny Jones, hears about Leegate plans and writes to Steve Bullock urging him to stop current plans and ensure that the community are listened to   jj-4230 Steve Bullock - Leegate Shopping Centre 13 Feb (1)  

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‘Smaller Supermarket Would Be Best’

Letter in Newshopper questioning the sustainability of a large supermarket

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Peter Fortune Leegate Flyer ‘Community Must Be Listened To’


Storm Poorun Assists Leegate Pollution Study

A Better Lee Green, Network for Clean Air and Storm Poorun plot and hang pollution tubes around Leegate and leave them there for one month to measure pollution levels in Lee Green

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Greenwich Residents Not Consulted

P Richardson Letter in the Mercury: Development will affect everyone; nearby Greenwich borough residents must be consulted

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Charles Batchelor Plans ‘not good enough’

Charles Batchelor, Chairman of Lee Manor Society, 'current plans are not good enough, (St Modwen) need to think again'

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Heidi Alexander ‘Legitimate Questions Need Answers’

Mercury Newspaper publish a Letter from Heidi Alexander to St Modwen

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Community Urge St Modwen Delay Planning Application

Developer, St Modwen insist they will submit a planning application the their 2014 plans, unchanged to accomodate community concerns, by the end of November The Working Group and A Better Lee Green issue appeals to St Modwen asking that the submission of plans be delayed until further improvements are made

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Don’t Waste ‘Once in a Lifetime Opportunity’

Newshopper publish letter urging best use of this ‘once in a lifetime opportunity to regenerate Leegate’ newshopper article 8.11.14  

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‘Small Traders Squeezed Out’

Article in the Mercury  

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Lee Manor Society Warn Community Against St Modwen’s Flyer

St Modwen hold an ‘Exhibition’ to which the community are invited but at which their feedback is not invited or recorded. 355 people attend the exhibition Lee Manor Society warn their members of St Modwen’s leaflet, which was delivered to 12,000 homes and which misleads most people to believe that they are being offered a large green public space at the centre of the development (which they are not) and misses out other important information   Commentary_on_St_Modwen_brochure_Nov_14

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Jim Malory presents 800+ Petition Against Plans

In November 2014 Councillor Jim Malory presents A Better Lee Green’s petition with 624 signatures to a full council meeting calling for a fundamental reconsideration of plans, better public consultation, more public space, appropriate retail, cultural and leisure facilities By February 2015 there were over 800 paper and online signatures on the petition which can be read and signed here: Petition      

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Working Group ‘Size of the Superstore distorts all aspects of the Redevelopment’

Working Group issue a new response to St Modwen's 2014 plans in which they say: Site the problems of lack of public space, traffic, small retailers, massing and more and state that these problems ‘depend ultimately on the size and scale of the “anchor” superstore that distorts all the other aspects of the redevelopment.  We continue to believe that the size of the superstore remains an overriding problem’ Here is the full text: Lee Green Assembly Leegate Working Group Position statement – 5 November 2014 We write further to our response in June to ...

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Green Party Call St Modwen to ‘Stop Unsustainable Proposals’

Lewisham Green Party issue press release detailing their concerns regarding proposed plans including loss of public space, lack of a whole-town centre plan for Lee Green, pollution and congestion http://lewisham.greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/11/14/stop-st-modwen%E2%80%99s-unsustainable-and-damaging-proposals-for-lee-green-town-centre/

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A Better Lee Green List Planning Policies that Plans Contravene

A Better Lee Green Issue a paper on planning policies that Lewisham Council is obliged to uphold and St Modwen are obliged to develop within. A Better Lee Green also publish a presentation which illustrates the issues, mostly cased by the size of the supermarket,  congestion and pollution, loss of public space, lack of diverse retail and leisure, massing issues A Better Lee Green's Concerns re Proposed Leegate Development Nov 14 A Better Lee Green Presentation 1

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100+ Residents Question Councillor and Planning Officers

Over 100 locals, Deputy Mayor Alan Smith, Lewisham Planning officers and St Modwen meet in Trinity School. Locals express many concerns with proposed plans regarding traffic, pollution, public space, housing,  massing and more. Lewisham planners respond to community concerns that ‘public space is being reduced by two thirds/three quarters saying public space ‘is not a numbers game’. Residents frustrated. Meeting reported in the Newshopper. Neighbours force meeting on £80m Lee shopping centre Asda plan (From News Shopper)  

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Council swamped with Community Questions

September 2014 Full Council Meeting inundated with questions and concerns regarding Leegate proposals from local community members, many from A Better Lee Green members. The questions asked and answers given are included here: Councils answers to questions at September full council meeting Because so many questions were asked, Cllr Alan Smith offered the community a second meeting to cover them.  

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Working Group: Scale of the Supermarket Still ‘Impinges on all Else’

July Working Group response to 2014 plans notes that St Modwen held their public consulation, before, as had been agreed, they had met with the Working Group. They also noted that they welcome plans to demolish existing site, include a substantial housing element and put parking underground and question why, for two years, St Modwen assured the working group that all three were unaffordable. They then comment that ‘scale of the proposed supermarket ‘impinges on all else’. Working Group continues to cite too little community facilities, no public space passageway ...

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A Better Lee Green Formed Following Concern Community Not Being Heard

‘A Better Lee Green’ is formed by local residents who were not leafleted about St Modwen's June consultation to spread the word and encourage locals to go to the consultation and have their say by putting up posters, emailing, talking and doing their own leafletting. They realise that many local people are unaware of the plans and consultation and say they have not been leafletted.

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Evening Standard: Leegate Traders Fight Loss of Small Units

Shopkeepers on 'Britain's worst high street' vow to fight plans for giant supermarket - London - News - London Evening Standard  

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Working Group ‘Size of Supermarket is Main Issue’

The Working Group issues a position paper to St Modwen on their 2012 plans that cites traffic increases, loss of public space, massing, affordable housing and other issues and how the proposed plans go against several Council planning guidelines: ‘ One of the main issues relates to the size and scope of the supermarket which it is envisaged would impart upon trades in the smaller shops and the open spaces currently at the centre. The working group recommends a reduction in the space proposed for the supermarket from 35,000sqm to 25,000sqm’ Working Group_Positio...

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Working Group Established to Represent Community

The Lee Green Assembly discusses and has strong concerns about St Modwen's 2012 plans. Assembly sets up a ‘Working Group’  which includes local traders, residents and councilors to represent the community and take forward the concerns of the community with St Modwen. Assembly agree mandate of the Working Group: Lee Green Assembley carry a motion authorising the Working Group to work towards addressing the following concerns of residents in negotiations with St Modwen: The overwhelming scale of the proposed superstore, leading to the loss of size of public ...

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Lewisham Design Planning Policy for Leegate

As a late addition to its planning policies Lewisham council ask community members who have asked to be consulted on planning matters what they thought of a Site Allocation document that suggests Leegate be developed 2021-2026 with a hotel, retail and 130 residential units. No responses from the community are received, presumably because the document is quite vague, and there were no plans to redevelop until the 2020's

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Jim Malory in Evening Standard ‘Leegate is Worst Shopping Centre in England’

Evening Standard run an article on Leegate ‘the worst shopping centre in England’ Cllr Jim Mallory says ‘We need small retailers to create a niche offering to help them compete against the superstore' Susan Kinahan' from In-Sight opticians says ' this used to be a nice little hub which attracted locals' The full text of the article is presented below. You can view the original article here: BEN BRYANT Published: 10 December 2010 Grey shutters, boarded-up windows and "to let" signs — welcome to Britain's worst shopping district. The crumbling ...

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Leegate Community Centre Started

Community Centre started in Leegate. It 's success shows the demand for more quality community provision in Leegate

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Community Breath Life into Leegate

Lee Green Assembly establishes a group called ‘Lee Green Lives’ to bring life back to Leegate. Their wide ranging activities can be seen here: http://leegreenlives.org.uk/

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Council Takes Note

Deputy Mayor, Heidi Alexander, and Lewisham Planning Dept begin to meet with St Modwen in early stage regeneration talks.

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