We want Lewisham to become the town centre of choice for people who live in this part of London, with an excellent range of shops and leisure facilities and a high-quality environment.
The revitalisation of the town centre will be achieved through a number of different schemes, each of which will play a part in providing new homes, jobs and amenities.
As each one is brought forward, we will continue to work with its partners to evaluate the cumulative as well as the individual impact on the town centre, and what this might mean for the local infrastructure in terms of, for instance, health provision and public safety.
By providing a wider range of goods and services we hope to help prevent Lewisham from losing out to other nearby town centres. A few years ago, the National Survey Of Shopping Patterns found that less than 8% of people who live in the catchment area of Lewisham town centre would say it was their first choice of place to go and shop.
Additionally, a good percentage of the borough’s new homes are likely to be in Lewisham town centre. This is because national planning policy favours growth around public transport hubs, in order to reduce reliance on travel by car while also protecting existing green spaces.