Herewith a Press Release from Sports Direct following their acquisition of the former Civic Offices site in Broadway.
Sports Direct has acquired the former Bexley Civic Centre site in Bexleyheath from Tesco with a view to delivering a new mixed-use scheme which will kick start the regeneration and deliver new jobs and homes in this part of the town centre.
The site, which has been vacant since the London Borough of Bexley Council relocated to Watling Street in 2014, previously had detailed planning permission for a new food superstore and ancillary retail and restaurant uses.
Following this acquisition, all buildings on the site have been demolished.
The redevelopment of the site represents an exciting opportunity to regenerate one of the last strategic sites in this part of the Bexley to create a high quality landmark scheme which will extend and complement the existing offer within the town centre.
A large mixed use development comprising of circa 6,000 SQM of commercial, which will include a Sports Direct store and further retailers, which will be incorporated within the proposed scheme which will generate hundreds of jobs. New job opportunities will be created within the restaurant and ancillary retail facilities, bringing substantial economic benefit to the local community.
It is also proposed to provide extensive new residential accommodation above the retail uses, which will deliver a mixed use scheme and enliven this part of the town centre.
Sports Direct are liaising with London Borough of Bexley regarding the planning application, which will be submitted late next year.
A spokesman from Sports Direct says: “We see this as a hugely exciting opportunity to regenerate this part of the town centre with a high quality mixed use development, including a new generation Sports Direct store and gym. We look forward to engaging fully with the Council ahead of a planning application submission next year.”
It could be worse! I wonder how much Tesco has made out of that which Bexley council will not be able to cash in on due to their flawed contract?