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M&S Food Hall plan to open at Bell Green
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09-02-2024 11:34 AM

Michael is quite right - there were clear restrictions on the quantum of square metres placed on food retail for this area of Bell Green to avoid increased damage to local high streets and this provision dated back to the mid 1990's approximately when Savacentre development commenced.
However, once Savacentre began trading, damage to local retail and its diminution became evident fairly quickly and effectiveness of the restriction measures was questionable.
When the abortive Kier development reached the stage of appeal (subsequently withdrawn) and then onward to the evaluation of the Local Draft Plan, Lewisham received advice that it's estimations and distribution of retail space provision were out of date.
It is believed these figures have been recast across the borough and an increase in retail floor space in Bell Green could be anticipated (revised figures not reviewed here).
In the main it could be foreseen that an M&S food hall presence in the retail park will be welcome by both locals and those who travel to Bell Green to shop.
My BH is happy about it and it could be viewed as an improvement in the mix of retailers who have presence there.

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RE: M&S Food Hall plan to open at Bell Green - jgdoherty - 09-02-2024 11:34 AM

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