"Hundreds of jobs" could be coming as former Bexley Civic Centre site sold off
PUBLISHED: 12:47 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:31 21 December 2015
The site had been property of Tesco
The former Bexley Civic Centre site on the Broadway in Bexleyheath has acquired by Sports Direct.
The site has been vacant since Bexley Council moved to Watling Street last year, after planning permissoin had been granted for a supermarket, with retail and restaurant uses.
All buildings on the site have now been demolished, with the new land-owners looking to spark regeneration in the town centre.
Sports Direct have claim the site will be used for a store and could generate “hundreds of jobs”.
A statement from the company read “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.”
A planning application is expected late next year.
A spokesman from Sports Direct said: “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.”
Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: ““We are pleased that Tesco has sold this important town centre site and that the new owner has clear plans for a large mixed use development that will bring it back into use.
“A new store, gym and other facilities, together with new housing, will mean new jobs, add to the vitality of the town and help to maintain the popularity of the town centre.
“We look forward to working with the developer on the details of development, to ensure that it meets the needs of the local community.”