38 new units and commercial spaces planned for Belvedere

Plans to demolish a row of Belvedere stores to make way for new commercial space and 38 new homes have been proposed to Bexley council.

Orca Real Estate has submitted the redevelopment project for shops at 21 rue Picardie, in order to build new housing.

Their plans would see a new commercial space built on the ground floor, while nine one-bedroom, 28 two-bed and one three-bedroom apartments would be built above.

Eighteen parking spaces would also be included.

Artist’s impression of the appearance of the new building.

The plans call for the demolition of at least five storefronts currently on the site, including a Papa Johns, a Kwiksave and a bakery.

The redeveloped commercial space would have a slightly reduced footprint according to planning documents, with access to residences above the space.

The developers say the move “would dramatically increase” use of the site, which they say is currently underutilized, with its only occupants being the row of single-story stores.

The developers added that the proposal offers a mix of commercial and residential use worthy of the area.

However, while the policy states that 35% of housing in developments should be classified as affordable, developers have only offered 18% – or seven units.

The developers say no longer making the project unsustainable – something the board will have to weigh when it comes to making a decision on the proposal.

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