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Galliard Homes gets the green light for Leegate Shopping Centre regeneration

Acting on behalf of residential property developer Galliard Homes, the Planning team of property consultancy Knight Frank has secured go ahead from Lewisham Planning Committee for the regeneration of Leegate Shopping Centre in Lee Green, South East London.

Designed by Rolfe Judd Architecture, the proposed scheme focuses on the sustainable regeneration of a 1.92-hectare underutilised brownfield site which is currently occupied by the 1960s Leegate Shopping Centre.

The proposal, which secured resolution to grant at planning committee on Wednesday 19 July, is for buildings of up to 15 storeys to deliver 562 new homes including 36% affordable housing, flexible commercial floorspace, a community centre, public house, a medical facility, gym, a new public square and public realm improvements.

Simon Welch, Director of Land at Galliard Homes said:

“We welcome Lewisham Council’s decision, and share it’s view that there is a real opportunity to deliver a new and vibrant mixed-use regeneration scheme on the site that responds to the way people live, work and spend their leisure time.”

Knight Frank’s Residential Land team sold the site to Galliard Homes in early 2021 before the firm’s Planning team steered it through planning.

Emma Gill, an Associate in the Planning team at Knight Frank commented:

“This site had a complex planning history, during which time we have had to contend with emerging Neighbourhood and Local Plans and engage closely with local residents and the community. Securing a unanimous vote in favour of the application at planning committee was the climax of many years hard work across multiple Knight Frank teams. This will be a new neighbourhood for Lee Green and we’re delighted to have secured this result on behalf of our client Galliard Homes and the local community, who will greatly benefit from the area’s regeneration.”

Anil Pallan, an Associate at Rolfe Judd Architecture added:

“Our vision and objective for this scheme was clear: to create a new distinctive urban quarter for Lee Green, bringing much-needed investment and new homes. This development will breathe new life into this location, increasing connectivity, delivering much need housing and civic amenity, ensuring the development of a rich and vibrant community, and focusing on the creation of a stunning Central Square. This regeneration will not only transform what was Leegate Shopping Centre into a thriving neighbourhood, but will also preserve its distinct character, paying homage to its urban and historic setting.”