The site is located within the administrative boundary of the London Borough of Lewisham.
Planning policy for the site is therefore contained primarily within The London Plan – Spatial Development Strategy for Greater London (adopted July 2011) and the London Borough of Lewisham Local Development Framework Core Strategy (June 2011). This plan will be superseded by the Lewisham Local Plan (2018-33) when published.
More locally the site is contained within the Lewisham Town Centre Local Plan (2014, p.57) and within ‘Character Area 1: the Civic Centre’ of the ‘St Mary’s Conservation Area’, close to Lewisham High Street. Listed Building consent will be required along with Planning Approval for any development on the site.
Both Lewisham Council’s Conservation Officers and Historic England are supportive of sensitive restoration and re-use of the building to enable its removal from the Heritage at Risk register.
The site is set within the Lewisham and Catford/Rushey Green Designated Area of Archaeological Priority. Due to the conservation area status of the site the overall character of the area cannot be altered unless it enhances the existing environment.