Bexley Council and Tesco in deal for Bexleyheath town centre

An artist’s impression of the Woolwich building as Bexley Council’s new home

Bexley Council leader Teresa O'Neill

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WORK is set to begin this week on a major redevelopment project in Bexleyheath town centre.

A deal was struck between Bexley Council and Tesco on Friday (Feb 15) to pave the way to convert the former Woolwich building into council offices.

Meanwhile, the building of 26 new homes on land at the rear of the building, which Tesco has sold to Bellway Homes, is expected to begin.

When the council moves into the Woolwich building in Watling Street in Spring 2014, it will leave the current Civic Offices and allow space for Tesco to create a superstore which will bring 400 jobs.

Bexley Council say moving to one big site instead of four ageing offices will save around £1million a year.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill, said: “I am delighted that all the formalities are complete, because I believe this project is good news for Bexleyheath and the borough as a whole.

“These developments will help to revitalise the town centre and make other sites available for regeneration.

"The fact that we are re-using the Woolwich building is further justification for our position as London’s number one borough for recycling.”

The Woolwich building has been empty for seven years and its future was in doubt. Tesco’s application for a 10,000-square-metre store with 494 parking spaces got the go-ahead from Bexley Council’s planning committee in July last year.

Three shops, restaurants or cafes will also be built on the site as well as a community area.

At the same meeting, permission was also granted for 126 homes – 48 houses and 78 apartments – at the back of the Woolwich building.

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5:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

simonwebb70 says...

Another supermarket.........
great! Why not install some stables Bexley Council!??!
Another supermarket......... great! Why not install some stables Bexley Council!??! simonwebb70
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3:12pm Tue 26 Feb 13

derekhope says...

If I read this correctly, Tesco have bought the former Woolwich BS building, sold off land to a developer and then the council is moving into the building that remains. Seems to me that the council could have bought the building and sold off the land and used the old building rent free. I can't believe for a moment that Tesco are not benefitting from the purchase, the land sale and letting the council have the main old building. Why couldn't the council do the deal in the first place? Rate payers might then benefit instead of Tesco. All of this wheeling and dealing doesn't sound right to me.
If I read this correctly, Tesco have bought the former Woolwich BS building, sold off land to a developer and then the council is moving into the building that remains. Seems to me that the council could have bought the building and sold off the land and used the old building rent free. I can't believe for a moment that Tesco are not benefitting from the purchase, the land sale and letting the council have the main old building. Why couldn't the council do the deal in the first place? Rate payers might then benefit instead of Tesco. All of this wheeling and dealing doesn't sound right to me. derekhope
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12:04pm Wed 27 Feb 13

highway warrior says...

When the Woolwich site was up for sale the it was offered to the highest bidder, there was no way the council could compete with a multinational corperate giant such as Tesco.

The deal done is the most cost effective way of rehousing the council into a more modern (and iconic)building and regenerating the broadway, creating more jobs for Bexley residents. So what if it's another supermarket, Tesco seem hell bent on creating as many jobs in Bexley as possible, may as well let them continue (5 new express stores in the last year or so...)
When the Woolwich site was up for sale the it was offered to the highest bidder, there was no way the council could compete with a multinational corperate giant such as Tesco. The deal done is the most cost effective way of rehousing the council into a more modern (and iconic)building and regenerating the broadway, creating more jobs for Bexley residents. So what if it's another supermarket, Tesco seem hell bent on creating as many jobs in Bexley as possible, may as well let them continue (5 new express stores in the last year or so...) highway warrior
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2:13pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Invicta58 says...

Is Bexley really London's number one borough for recycling?

http://www.bexley-is
-bonkers.co.uk/servi
ces/recycling/statis
tics/2010.shtml
Is Bexley really London's number one borough for recycling? http://www.bexley-is -bonkers.co.uk/servi ces/recycling/statis tics/2010.shtml Invicta58
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2:54pm Thu 28 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

So the chavs have turned Bexley Borough into a desert of concrete, tarmac, & Tesco stores, and they boast about it?
So the chavs have turned Bexley Borough into a desert of concrete, tarmac, & Tesco stores, and they boast about it? goldenbroomboy
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