This is the first glimpse of the new Greyhound plans being submitted today (19/11/2008) to Lewisham. It shows a retained Greyhound. This is surrounded by a courtyard with retail outlets topped by flats. While the intensity of building may not be to everybody’s taste – this probably is inevitable given the need to finance the development and meet Lewisham’s housing targets.
Importantly – if the retail units are of superior quality and can be let – this will lead to a major and very welcome expansion for shopping in Sydenham.
The old Greyhound was closed amongst great acrimony in August 2007. The developers intimated they intended to demolish and replace with flats. The Sydenham Society, the Mayor and others embarked on a ferocious campaign to stop it. The council stepped in and imposed a conservation order which froze any planned demolition. The developers threatened legal action and the ugly grey boarding looked to become a semi-permanent part of Sydenham’s gateway.
But cooler heads prevailed. The owners of the site took back management of the project and consulted pro-actively with the Council, Sydenham Society and others. As you can see the result is a very big change in the nature of the proposed development. Done well (and soon) this could be the real start of the regeneration of Sydenham Road & Kirkdale.
Please remember – this is not the final plan. Lewisham will consult. You do have a say … as will SydSoc who very graciously shared these images with us. They will have their full Newsletter story on their website «www.sydenhamsociety.com» or your letterbox shortly. Here is a snippet:
“Our initial response was to welcome the imaginative ideas being put forward for such an important town centre site. We did make some critical comments and were advised by the architects that these would be taken into consideration”
Disaster averted? Well the devil is in the detail and we have yet to see the final plans. We hope to publish them here. We also hope a model of the development will shortly go on display at the Kirkdale Bookshop for you all to see. So what do you think? Please let us have your first impressions here: http://sydenham.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2840
As it is
As it may be