Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second biggest supermarket group, will now open a convenience store at 93-99 Ladywell Road, site of the old car wash.
The supermarket group has submitted a licensing application to sell alcohol from the premises btween 0700 and 2300.
The Ladywell Society which has recently been in touch with the developer says the Co-op, which had originally wanted to open a store there, has pulled out.
The society says full planning approval has now been given on the development after changes were made to the building’s balcony balusrades and the shop front which did not meet specifications set out in the original planning documents.
It reports all the flats are now rented and it hopes Sainsbury’s will stick to the delivery and servicing plan for the store whcih was agreed between the Co-op and Lewisham planners.
Proposed store on old car wash site moves step closer after delivery plans agreed
The opening of a Co-op convenience store on the site of the old car wash on Ladywell Road has moved a step closer after the delivery and servicing plan for the store was agreed with Lewisham planners.
The plan will see an 18 ton rigid truck deliver ambient food, fresh food and milk each day with smaller deliveries of bread, newspapers and sandwiches by transit van.
Delivery vehicles will park to unload at the end of Gillian Street, close to the butchers Meat Jon. A test run using an 18 ton truck was carried out at the request of the Ladywell Society with members participating as observers.
The three story building on the site of the old petrol station and car wash was given the go ahead in 2019. It includes seven dwellings above the commercial space, comprising four one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom flats.
Several other outstanding issues with the building remain to be resolved before the store can open. These include the windows, balcony balustrades and the shop front which do not meet the specifications set out in the planning documents.
Convenience store to occupy car wash site
A Sainsbury’s Local convenience store looks to be coming to the “car wash” site in Ladywell.
An eagle eyed observer of Lewisham’s planning portal has noticed that a new document detailing a delivery and servicing plan for a new Sainsbury’s store and residential development at 93-99 Ladywell Road has been submitted.
The document says deliveries to the store and residential development will be made using a dedicated loading bay on Gillian Street. The bay will be restricted at all times to goods vehicles loading and unloading..
The Ladywell Road site planning application, approved by Lewisham in March 2019, showed four distinct shop fronts, each reflecting the traditional Edwardian style of the buildings on the Ladywell Road parade. Total commercial floor space is 266m²
Early plans showed three separate shop units with a fourth occupied by services and the stairs to flats above. The latest drawings show one large commercial space with a stairwell to the east of the block.
The proposed three storey building will have with seven dwellings above the commercial space, comprising four one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom flats. The buildings will be brown brick with anodised aluminium framed windows. The roofing and window bays are of black zinc. Each unit has a second floor terrace with railings.
The latest planning doc says major store deliveries will be made by an 18 tonne 10.2 metre truck. Other direct deliveries will be by lighter lorries or light vans. It estimates one “consolidated” delivery each day between 7.00 and 8.00am and additional weekly ones.
Lorries and trucks will be expected to travel west along Gillian Street from Algernon Road to the parking bay. They will leave Gillian Street by Ladywell Road.
Preliminary work has started on the car wash site. Developers Ladywell Group Plc wants to excavate the fuel tanks of the former filling station and create a basement which was originally going to be used by a proposed gym.
The Ladywell Society has raised concerns about the excavation of the fuel tanks because it could lead to the release of contaminants and hazardous vapours into the environment.
The planning application DC/20/118206, 93-99 Ladywell Road can be found at the Lewisham Council planning portal https://lewisham.gov.uk/