Redevelopment Working Group
here to read the motion carried at the Local Assembly
meeting on 13 February 2013
St. Modwen, the
property group that owns the Leegate shopping centre, has put forward
a proposal to put a large ASDA superstore on the site. In response,
the Lee Green Assembly convened the Leegate Redevelopment Working
Group, chaired by Jim Mallory, and the Lee Manor Society contributed
a draft document which was adopted by the Working Group and presented
to St. Modwen on Tuesday 26 June 2012. Whilst appreciating that
an anchor store is probably essential we do not like the proposed
redevelopment as it stands and the document summarises our views.
As well as expressing the Working Group's views on the project,
it highlights Council planning policies that we believe support
our opposition to the present plans.
here to view the St. Modwen proposals for Leegate
here to view the Working Group's response
Clearly something needs to be done to revamp the tired and run-down
1960s shopping centre. But we do not think a very large superstore
is the answer. It will dominate the centre, swallow up the existing
public spaces - the pedestrian passage and square - and generate
large amounts of traffic. However, we do accept a large "anchor"
store is needed but we do not think it needs to be quite so big.
We also think it is important to maintain and improve existing links
across the centre and with other local amenities. We hope you will
take the time to read our document and then click
here to let us know your views.
here to view a brief history of the redevelopment of Leegate
to here to view commentary from CABE (Commission for Architecture
and the Built Environment) relevant to Leegate