Aladdin's Cave could be lost to flats

A proposal has been submitted to Lewisham Council to replace Aladdin's Cave, the Lewisham Way treasure trove, with flats.

The proposed new development
The application is for:

The demolition of the existing structures and the construction of a part 3, part 4 storey building at 72 Loampit Hill, SE13 to provide a commercial unit (Use Class B1a) on the ground floor and eight self-contained residential units (Use Class C3), together with 20 cycle spaces, a refuse store, a communal garden and a wildlife ecology garden to the rear of the site.

Aladdin's Cave is one of a handful of genuinely unique local businesses and occupies a building that represents an important piece of local history. Its demolition would be a real loss to Brockley. As From The Murky Depths writes:

"The site was formerly Lewisham Road station on the little known Greenwich Park line which closed 100 years ago, though the station building is still in use by Aladdin’s Cave. It will be demolished under these plans despite being locally listed.

"The application states the building is beyond repair."

Thanks to Monkeyboy for the news.

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