Boroughs | Lewisham




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. A21 Corridor
  2. Surrey Canal Triangle

Investment Opportunities

A21 Corridor

A21 Corridor

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

Surrey Canal Triangle

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 the London Borough of Culture 2022. There is a wide programme of events, activities and projects taking place throughout the year. We will tell the story of Lewisham’s trailblazers past and present via music, dance, debate, public art and more. Lewisham has a thriving cultural and creative sector.
  • A new framework for Catford has been agreed containing a vision to be the greenest town centre in London including the creation of new green spaces, as well as the building of up to 2,700 new homes alongside a vibrant economic and cultural offer.
  • Lewisham was the first local authority to conduct a headcount and survey of independent and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic owned businesses in the borough. The diversity and heritage of the borough is reflected in businesses in our town centres and high streets.

John Bennett, Head of Economy, Jobs and Partnerships

“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

  • More local jobs – supporting growth from our existing businesses through sector-based growth programmes, encouraging start-ups and entrepreneurship, increasing the availability and affordability of commercial workspace, and attracting more employers to the borough.
  • Increased local spending – creating vibrant and attractive town centres that people want to visit, encouraging the evening and night time economy, supporting local markets and enabling local supply chains through public and private sector spending.
  • Strong partnerships and infrastructure – protecting and enhancing existing transport links, supporting the Bakerloo Line Extension, ensuring high quality and speed of digital connectivity, and creating strong partnerships between the council, local anchor institutions and our businesses.
  • Tackling unemployment and inequalities – creating new programmes to support unemployed and under-employed residents, giving our young people the best start in their careers, and promoting fair pay and conditions.
  • Revised Local Plan – this will set out a shared vision for the future of the borough along with the planning and investment framework to deliver this vision through to 2040. We are working with and alongside communities and community groups, landowners and other key stakeholders to help us prepare the plan.