Iceland have submitted a planning application and are looking to move from their existing site by the outdoor market to the former Poundland store on the corner of Powis and Macbean Streets. Poundland have moved into the former Marks and Specer store further along Powis Street.

Poundland site that Iceland are looking to move into
Poundland site that Iceland are looking to move into

Maybe not the most exciting news in the world and I’m entering the realms of speculation here, but could the old site become part of a larger development in coming years?

It’ll be extremely close to Crossrail, is a tired and unloved building and the public space outside similarly dated and wasn’t refurbished when the rest of the Beresford Square was. This area map shows the Iceland site in red. The green areas are council owned, with one being the market yard. The blue site is the large expanse that housed a Victorian school until demolition five years ago.

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This area is just two minutes walk from Crossrail. The Council’s market yard could be included in any redevelopment. It’s an expansive plot of tarmac just behind the Iceland site.

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The public space and toilet building are not too attractive as it is and again any replacement toilet can be within a new development. This could be a nice earner for Greenwich Council and greatly improve a tired and underused area.

Here’s the public space:

Tired and un-refurbished public space with dead street frontage of building behind
Tired and un-refurbished public space with dead street frontage of building behind

Whether the Macbean Street site could be included in any larger scheme is an unknown. Whoever owns it demolished an attractive Victorian school building and then never submitted any plan except for temporary car parking and a car wash.

That whole stretch is surely ripe for development. Building tall is likely given heights in the area. Hopefully the road can be widened with a dedicated bus and cycle lane.

 

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