The A21 forms the spine of the borough, running from Lewisham town centre to the borough’s southern boundary. The Framework demonstrates how the spine can be improved and intensified providing a significant uplift in housing, jobs and social infrastructure. It identifies 8 character areas based around existing commercial centres and describes principal tactical moves to strengthen each area’s functioning and distinctiveness. Key residential and mixed use development sites are identified providing indicative capacities and massing options for each, and outlines how transport, environmental and public realm improvements could be delivered to improve sustainable transport options and strengthen sense of place.
Area postcode: Primarily SE4, SE6, SE13
Project owner: London Borough of Lewisham, GLA, Hawkins Brown
Planning status: Development Framework
Document stage: Draft
Surrey Canal Triangle covers over 10 hectares, is bounded by railway lines and includes Millwall Stadium. An SPD, prepared by Lewisham Council in collaboration with key stakeholders, Renewal Limited and Millwall FC, was adopted in 2020 to provide guidance for comprehensive regeneration. A hybrid application is now under consideration for land, (excluding the stadium) known as New Bermondsey, comprising c3500 homes, auditorium, offices, retail, learning, industrial, food and drink, and leisure centre set within public realm, within buildings rising to c44 storeys. Lewisham Council continue to work with TfL to deliver a new Overground station at Surrey Canal Road.
Area postcode: SE15 and SE16
Project Owner: Renewal/Millwall/LBL
Planning status: At planning application stage
Completion date: At planning application stage
Lewisham is a thriving borough. Our population is young and diverse with a strong entrepreneurial culture. This is reflected in our business base – 95% of businesses in the borough are small or micro enterprises, and 70% of businesses on our vibrant High Streets are independently owned.
Lewisham is proud to be the London Borough of Culture 2022. Being Borough of Culture 2022 highlights the significant cluster of cultural and creative industries that are already present. Lewisham was home to one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones in Deptford/New Cross and there is significant creativity across the borough in places such as Catford, Forest Hill and Sydenham too.
Regeneration is planned in our two main town centres. In Catford our Town Centre Framework sets out our vision for more new homes alongside more economic and cultural opportunities, aiming to be the greenest town centre in London. In Lewisham, plans are being produced for the redevelopment of Lewisham Shopping Centre alongside significant housing growth.
Population projections 2021 306,149
Population projections 2050 371,836
London plan new homes (ten-year target) 16,670
Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 384
“Lewisham is succeeding in bringing in major investment across a range of strategic sites across the borough. We want to ensure we deliver high-quality, character-led development in Lewisham that complements our existing neighbourhoods and communities. Our recently adopted Catford Town Centre Framework is a prime example of this approach.
We are proud to be the first local authority to conduct a headcount and survey of independent and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic owned businesses. This will help us to better understand, champion and support the diversity of our high streets.
Lewisham’s prime inner London location, transport links and highly skilled workforce make it an ideal area for investment, and businesses seeking a base in the capital will find a warm welcome here.”
Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham