A trip to the south end of Deptford High Street this morning revealed that building work on the site on New Cross Road, right next to the Little Crown pub, has moved on apace after having been stalled for years since Mr Video's old store was demolished. I noticed it as I gazed up at the beautiful blue sky.
Unfortunately what I saw was not beautiful at all - and I recommend those of a sensitive disposition to browse elsewhere right now.
In fact the pictures do not do full horrific justice to the new building on the right of the Little Crown, clad as it is in what look like shiny ceramic tiles.
It's fair to say that this parade of rather beautiful buildings on New Cross Road does disintegrate into grubby, poor quality infill as you approach the end of Deptford High Street but I was shocked to think that any planner had approved the clumsy, ugly, badly proportioned mess that I saw before me.
So I sought out the plans online, to discover that approval had been given (with quite a number of conditions) for the design shown above. Absolutely nothing like what has been built, neither in terms of dimensions, finishes, roof line etc. (The shiny tiling should actually be white render, in case you were wondering.)
Lewisham planning enforcement - I think it's over to you now.