Leegate is a run down shopping centre that makes up 50% of Lee Green down centre. It sits on the junction of Burnt Ash Road and Eltham Road in Lee Green ward in the London Borough of Lewisham, although it borders the Borough of Greenwich on two sides. It has been owned by its current owner, St Modwen, for around 20 years.
Leegate was built in the 1960’s and is remembered by residents as once being a bustling local centre that supplied everything they needed. It is widely believed that is was the building of Sainsburys across the road in the 1990’s that caused it’s decline (a lesson that needs to be remembered when considering the sustainability of the few small retailers sandwiched between Sainsburys and Asda in St Modwen’s redevelopment proposals)
Leegate has 80 units for small shops, 8 floors of offices and 36 homes.
Leegate has a large, pedestrianised public square facing Eltham and Leyland roads, a sheltered public square in the centre of the site, outside the butchers and a wide promenade running between small retailers from Burnt Ash Road to the sheltered . It could be a pleasant area but sadly has not been maintained by St Modwen.
Traders are not renewing their licences because they expect their leases to be cut short if Leegate is redeveloped and new traders are not investing in kitting out new units for the same reason.
Despite this, Weatherspoons pub, Iceland and and over 20 small shops have remained occupied on the ground floor and 4 of the office floors are currently being used.
Here is a picture of it: