Just How Dirty is Lee Green’s Air?

Very is the unsurprising answer. A recent pollution study has found that the Tiger’s Head intersection of Lee High Road, Lee Road, Eltham Road and Burnt Ash Road registers 75% over legal limits for pollution. Anyone who regularly walks or driven through that crossroads will already be familiar with the sheer volume of traffic which crawls through the junction, especially at peak times.

A Better Lee Green is the campaign group which commissioned the independent Pollution Study of our local area in response to St Modwen’s plans to build a massive ASDA superstore on the Leegate site. This week they released their findings.

A Better Lee Green’s Findings-March newsletter.Sign up here to receive updates directly.

St Modwen, have submitted their plans to develop Leegate with the proposed Public Space stretching up to 16 metres back from Burnt Ash Road.
In January – February 2015, Network for Clean Air and A Better Lee Green partnered to hang nitrogen dioxide detecting tubes in the Leegate Shopping Centre and its surrounding areas.
The tubes remained in place for a month and then were sent to an independent laboratory in Oxfordshire that is used by many councils for their pollution studies. The results that came back included:

Lee Green Poluttion Study Results

% Above EU Nitrogen Dioxide legal limit
% Below EU Nitrogen Dioxide legal limit.

MAP—    Tiger’s Head tube 75% above legal limit

–    Tube 16 metres back from Burnt Ash Road 25% above legal limits

–    Tube in the centre of the current, sheltered square 13% below the legal limit.

–    Tubes placed near high buildings measured higher than those placed near similar levels of traffic near open spaces.

(Note: Vehicles travelling along Burnt Ash Road will increase by several thousand cars per day under St Modwen’s proposed plans).

Effects of Pollution: Prolonged exposure to nitrogen dioxide and pm2.5 (both emitted by vehicles) causes respiratory problems, can lead to cancer and can affect the development of children’s lungs. Deaths in the UK from these pollutants are predicted to be higher than those from smoking alone and those from obesity, traffic accidents and alcoholism combined in 2015 (Government figures).

St Modwen claim that planting trees will solve additional pollution caused by their new superstore. Trees and greenery serve an important role in psychological wellbeing, biodiversity, drainage and flood alleviation. However, they cannot be relied upon to adequately absorb these levels of pollution. Trees at ground level currently do not absorb existing pollutants and the levels of pollutants will increase with St Modwen’s plans. 

St Modwen believe their proposals will not bring more congestion and pollution problems to the area:  Asda will be as big as Sainsburys, which receives around 45,000 visitors per week, estimated over 60% by car. Who do St Modwen expect to park in the 100’s of proposed parking spaces?

Make Leegate Green: Local groups including the Lee Green Local Assembly Leegate Working Group, Lee Manor Society and A Better Lee Green fully support Leegate’s redevelopment but call for public space to be moved to the centre of the development and for a smaller store which would attract less traffic. This study offers strong evidence for these demands.

Reminder: How to submit your comments to Lewisham Planning

To ensure your voice is heard send your thoughts on the plans by email to planning@lewisham.gov.uk or a letter to Monique Wallace, Planning Service, 3rd Floor Laurence house, 1 Catford Road, Catford, London, SE6 4RU


1. Application number DC/14/90032,
3. Your PRINTED name


Lewisham Planners have informed us they do not have the resources to display your comments on their online planning portal.

A huge thank you to Network for Clean Air for their guidance and time.


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Belly dance Class for Beginners

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Horn Park, Eltham Road, SE12 8UE

SE12 8HQ
7.30pm – 8.30pm

 Take an hour out each week for yourself.

Bellydance is great for your figure, co-ordination and self-confidence. All shapes and sizes are welcome.

New class members always very welcome.

No need to book – just come along.

If you have any questions get in touch on

0783 419 5452

Last minute community meeting @ Trinity School ahead of Leegate consultation deadline.

Leegate designLee Green Women’s Institute are to hold an open meeting about the Leegate consultation.

Monday 8 July

Trinity School in Taunton Road, (near Sainsbury’s).

Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30 start.


Letter from Julie Williams, local resident.

Hello Everyone,

I’m getting in touch to let you all know there are only a few days left to leave feedback online for the planned Leegate redevelopment. I know many people were unable to make it along to the consultation, so if you did miss it, you can see the plans on the following website.
Go to: www.leegate-regeneration.co.uk
The St Modwen deadline is Friday 11th July.

I presume this means midnight but I wouldn’t leave it this late, just in case!

I would also like to encourage anyone and everyone to come along to a talk about the Leegate plans this coming Monday….sorry it is such short notice.

Our local WI group are hosting the evening. They are inviting local residents (male and female!) and anyone who is interested to come along and hear Killian Morris, the senior development manager for St Modwen (the owners of Leegate), give a presentation on their proposal. Hopefully there will also be time for a question and answer session afterwards.
The WI will be selling refreshments, hopefully lovely homemade cakes, to raise money for their funds.
Please try to come along if you possibly can. We are unsure whether it will be well attended because we only have two days left to let people know.

I would be very grateful if you can pass these details on to anyone that you think might be interested, particularly residents who did not receive the invitation to the public consultation.

Many thanks for your time.
Julie Williams

Hither Green: Staplehurst Road- The Biscuit Factory Development

It looks like dreams of a local restaurant taking up residence at The Biscuit Factory on Staplehurst Road have come to naught. The site developers of the Biscuit Factory Unit  have applied for change of use from restaurant to a straight retail space. Lewisham Planning reference:DC/14/87501

According to investigations undertaken by the Costcutters on Staplehurst Road,  the Biscuit Factory development trail seems to lead to Tesco. Not surprisingly the family-owned supermarket which has served Staplehurst Road for over 20 years aren’t happy and neither are other local businesses.

Between the promised ASDA development at Leegate and the possibility of a Tesco opposite their own store, Costcutters have started a petition. To support them sign here.

Moreover, there is an argument to be had with regard to market saturation; a Biscuit Factory Tesco would be the SIXTH Tesco in the area:

  • Lewisham Station Tesco Superstore
  • Lewisham High Street- Tesco Express
  • Rushey Green- Tesco Express
  • Catford Shopping Centre -Tesco Supermarket
  • Hither Green Clock Tower/ Meridian South- Tesco Express.



Councillor Jim Mallory: CllrJim.Mallory@lewisham.gov.uk

Fuss at Hither Green: fusspot100@gmail.com


Leegate Shopping Centre- new development plans announced- It ASDA happen?

St Modwen,  owner’s of the Leegate Shopping Centre are opening up a second round of local consultations over their plants to re-develop the rundown shopping centre. The flagship of their new development will be a a new ASDA superstore directly opposite Sainsburys.

Lee Green councillors and community groups have been negotiating with St Modwen for years about  the impact on local homes and businesses.

Now it is time to have YOUR say.

The new scheme means :

• The demolition of Leegate House and Cantilever House replacing them with new landmark buildings;

• A major new foodstore  [ASDA Superstore] with entrances from Burnt Ash Road and Eltham Road;

• Enhancement of the public realm areas within and around the centre;

• Around 250 new homes;

• New shops and restaurants along Burnt Ash Road and Eltham Road.


These latest development plans are will be displayed at a two-day public exhibition taking place  on:

  • Friday 20 June 2014 (2pm to 8pm)
  • Saturday 21 June 2014 (10am – 2pm)

Location: 5 Leegate Shopping Centre, London SE12 8SS (next to In-sight Opticians)

Representatives from St. Modwen and their consultant team will be on hand at the exhibition to explain the plans and answer any questions.


There will be  opportunities to give feedback.  Any questions contact Catherine Grindley directly on 020 7323 3544 or info@leegate-regeneration.co.uk

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