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The Lewisham Regeneration comprises of three distinct but neighbouring projects: Loampit Vale, Lewisham Gateway and Heathside/Lethbridge

Renaissance (Loampit Vale)
Lewisham SE13
Status: Approved (by Lewisham councilors on 11th September 2009)
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Development Facts
4.2 acre site
Buildings ranging from 5 to 24 storeys
788 homes - 30% affordable
New 5* leisure centre - including 25m swimming pool
1,856m² commercial space

Lewisham Gateway
Lewisham SE13
Status: Approved (8th May 2009)
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Lewisham Council:
Planning Application:

Development Facts
5.6 acre site
800 homes
100,000 m² of commercial space

Heathside and Lethbridge Estate Regeneration
Lewisham SE13
Status: Proposed
Official Website: -
Lewisham Council:

Planning Application: -

Development Facts
1,201 new homes
Two 17-storey towers
Other buildings ranging from 3 to 14 storeys.
512m² retail space
786m² community space

Major regeneration projects in inner South East London

Aylesbury Regeneration:
Elephant & Castle Regeneration:
Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration:
Kidbrooke Regeneration:
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What a comprehensive development. thanks

Should this be in the Southeast London projects thread though?
Isn't the scale of the regeneration large enough to merit its own thread?
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I have a house nearby here and can honestly say this is just what the area needs, it really does have good transport links and could be a real hub, a new community for London. Having seen the existing gardens already built they are actually pretty good, not sterile, very natural and a great addition to this area.
Loampit Vale plans could make town 'another Croydon'
18th June 2009​

Mark Chandler

Residents angry about a high-rise development in the heart of Lewisham vented their frustrations at a public meeting last night (June 17).

Developers and council officers were accused of trying to turn the area into “another Croydon” with the plans, which include a 24-storey tower, commercial space and a new leisure centre at Loampit Vale.

The development, to be built by Barratt Homes in partnership with Lewisham Council, also includes 788 flats, 30 per cent of which will be affordable, and a public square.

It is claimed by the council that the development will “deliver an exciting future for Lewisham”.

But at a public meeting last night (June 18) in Lewisham Methodist Church, Albion Way, developers and council officers were quizzed by residents about everything from the state of Barratt’s finances to the type of lens they used to take photos of the site.

Rachel Mooney, 44, of Cliffview Road, told the planners: “Lewisham is unique and it’s very special.

“The thought of opening my window in the morning and just seeing high-rise after high-rise after high-rise - it’s simply soul destroying.”

Helen Mercer, 52, of Ermin Road, who has led previous protests against the Lewisham Gateway development, said: “If they were providing housing for the 18,000 on Lewisham’s housing register I’d find it harder to object but they’re not.

“They’re building high, I tell you why, to make a profit.”

She said: “It’s not providing the homes that Lewisham needs.”

Sola Awoberu, 30, a teacher from Waterway Avenue, Lewisham, said : “Tower blocks in places like Peckham, Southwark, Stockwell and Brixton are being knocked down due to the fact that there are too many people living in high-rise buildings.”

One other resident accused developers of attempting to build a “huge monolithic lump”.

But Barratt’s planning consultant Mark Gibney said the scheme would “not be viable” and would break planning guildeline if it did not involve high-rise buildings.

He said: “What this does is it brings in significant investment.

"There’s going to be lots of people living in parts of the borough where they don’t live at the moment.”

And Mr Gibney, a former resident of Kidbrooke’s Ferrier estate, denied claims that high rise blocks can divide communities.

He said: “The problems with other estates were quality of construction and quality of infrastructure.”

Concerns were also raised by 53-year-old Peter O’Reilly, of Overcliff Road, Brockley, about the increase of people who would live in the area when both this development and the Lewisham Gateway project are built, and the impact this would have on traffic.

And Ms Awoberu said that despite claims that 8,000 letters had been sent out telling people about the plans, she had been told nothing.

She said: “I live completely opposite where you’re planning on building this monstrosity. I didn’t know anything about this development.”

This is the second planning application to be submitted to the council, after initial plans were scrapped following a public consultation.

Changes to the scheme in response to comments from the public have included the reduction in the height of some of the buildings and a reduction in the number of flats from 819.

The plans could go to a Lewisham Council planning committee next month.
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I really honestly think it's time to bring in a stupidity tax for some people.
I'm sorry but Lewisham is a hole of a place. This development will really help it lift out of a low grade semi suburban town centre to something far more desirable. I think the area has alot of potential especially if they upgrade the tatty DLR and Mainline stations.
i dont get it at all when people living in london complain about highrise buildings, if you dont want to live there then move, the population isn't going to stop growing so unless inner areas around transport hubs are urbanised there will be a continual lack of housing provisions which mean continual need for subsidisation and higher taxes
Also the increase in population will also help the local economy and most likely make Lewisham a far more desirable to live, increasing house prices too.
But why wont someone just think about the people already there?!!!!

Where will the drunks who sit around the clock tower on Lewisham High Street go?

Where will the Hoodies who patrol Lewisham Shopping Centre do?

And what about the environment? Yes - that roundabout between the train station and the town centre is a huge barrier for pedestrians, but there's grass there and I'm sure some earth worms that live on it! Will Barrett invest time and money moving relocating those poor earth worms!

I really hate arguments like 'But they're tearing down tower blocks from the 60s - and they want to build more here now!'. There's some pretty big differences between those from the 60's and the ones they're building now. For starters, we have a better grasp of social interaction and providing what people actually need. We understand that transport is one of the most important factors when developing plans for a major housing development.

Anyone who lives in Lewisham (I was one of them a few years ago) will know that Lewisham is a strange borough where it's not uniformly 'poor' or 'rich'. Whilst the Town Centre area down towards New Cross has a fair share of social problems, you've also got the more prestigious places around Blackheath on one side and in the Brockley area on the other. Based on where most of those people commenting are from, helpfully given to us in the story, most of them seem to be from the Brockley area.
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LEWISHAM: Protests over town centre developments
August 2009

RESIDENTS are demanding a public inquiry into development plans for the heart of their borough.

They claim multiple plans are being dealt with in a ‘piecemeal’ fashion and will cause traffic chaos, overcrowding and reduce Lewisham’s green space.

Newly-formed community organisation the Central Lewisham Action Group has written to the Government Office for London asking for a public inquiry into three applications.

The applications, still to be considered by Lewisham Council, are for Loampit Vale, Prendergast Vale School and Lee High Road.

And it also calls for inquiries into the Lewisham Gateway, Thurston Road and Conington Road flat developments which have already been approved.

They claim the council has not taken into account the cumulative effect of all the developments.

The group, which held a protests against the plans on has also written to the the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Helen Mercer, who has helped set up the action group, said: “We just feel that it’s not right to put these forward piecemeal.

“These are just huge developments and there’s no guaranteed extra infrastructure.

“The public and councillors should be given the full picture and told the exact nature of how these developments work together.”

They claim that if the plans go ahead there will be 16 high-density tall buildings crammed into the town centre.

But Deputy Mayor of Lewisham Cllr Heidi Alexander has dismissed the protestors claims.

She said: "It is simply wrong to say that local people haven't been consulted about these proposals and wrong to say that the council hasn’t considered the impact of different developments in the round.

"The council's area action plan deals with all the sites in the town centre and significant work has been done on how new development will impact upon traffic, public transport, schools and health services.

"I know that the proposals for the town centre represent a big change to the local area but something pretty radical has to happen if Lewisham is going to become the sort of town centre where we all want to spend time.

"A fantastic new swimming pool with new homes, new workspace and new shops is a critical part of transforming Lewisham into a town centre we can be proud of."

The changing face of Lewisham

Lewisham Bridge Primary School, Elmira Street. A new three and four-storey all-age school called Prendergast Vale with a two-storey sports hall. Planning decision not yet made.

104-120 Lee High Road, Lewisham. A five-storey development of one shop and 70 flats. Planning decision not yet made.

Loampit Vale, Lewisham. Eight buildings from five to 24 storeys including a leisure centre shops and 788 flats. Planning decision not yet made.

Lewisham Gateway, Lewisham High Street. A £250m town centre housing, retail and leisure facility project. Planning permission has been granted.

Thurston Road Industrial Centre, Jerrard Street. Two buildings up to 17 storeys high including retail units, a garden centre and 777 flats. Permission granted.

Conington Road. A four to 10-storey building containing 160 flats. Permission granted.
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Jeez.. what do they want to happen here? perhaps it should just be left to run down into a deeper mess than it is already currently in... what planet are these people living on? I'm going to write a letter of support for this project.
who actually sends those letters in? i dont know anyone who actually cares about what gets built apart from those ON THIS FORUM. if they are that interested why arent they on here? LOL
Lewisham high-rise scheme goes in for planning
9 September, 2009

By Ruth Bloomfield

Assael Architecture’s masterplan for the regeneration of a 1.7 ha brownfield site in south-east London is due to be considered for planning permission this week.

The Loampit Vale mixed scheme, a partnership between Lewisham Council and Barratt Homes, will provide almost 800 new homes.

The centrepiece is a distinctive leisure centre by LA Architects working with artist Phil Coy.

Its street-facing facade is intended to act as an art installation in itself and is made of illuminated multicoloured glass panels backed by a smart LED lighting system.

Mike Lawless, the firm’s design director, said: “We became quite excited about the idea that the facade – which was always curved – could be made up of independent coloured glass panels.”

The team is now designing a system to allow the lights to be controlled by ambient noise and is also considering linking the lights to a mobile phone number which people could call to make them flicker.

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Its street-facing facade is intended to act as an art installation in itself and is made of illuminated multicoloured glass panels backed by a smart LED lighting system.

Mike Lawless, the firm’s design director, said: “We became quite excited about the idea that the facade – which was always curved – could be made up of independent coloured glass panels.”

The team is now designing a system to allow the lights to be controlled by ambient noise and is also considering linking the lights to a mobile phone number which people could call to make them flicker.
Wow, that actually sounds pretty cool, look forward to seeing that!
This scheme is not bad for lewisham, its in general a blot on the landscape compared to the surrounding area which is actually rather nice.
Wow, that actually sounds pretty cool, look forward to seeing that!
Here's some images of the centre:

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On second thoughts, it looks a bit sick making.. too much colour i think.. They should use it for advertisement or a big screen for news maybe..
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