There's still a long way to go, but things have really started to move down in Kidbrooke Village.
A new Sainsbury's local opened up at the end of last year on Tudway Road. Here it is on it's opening day. The quietest supermarket in London:
The new 'village centre' is pleasant enough, if a little corporate for my taste:
Hopefully the new shop owners will be allowed to put their own signs up when they finally move in:
There's also a new playground which is welcome but where are the swings? Every playground needs swings:
The park land is quite nice as well, if a little bit TellyTubby-esque in places:
There's also lots of new man-made water features such as this waterfall off of Kidbrooke Park Road:
The strange thing about this is that there is actually a lost river round about here, but it flows in the opposite direction to the one they've created on top of it.
I guess it looks better this way from the Marketing suite.
There's another new pond near Sutcliffe Park:
Although for some inexplicable reason they've placed all the benches so that they face away from the pond:
Lovely view of the main road there.
One thing I don't like about the new 'village' is the attempts by Berkeley Homes to try and make the whole area an appendage to the more saleable parts of neighbouring Blackheath:
"Blackheath Quarter." No, you're not kidding anyone... twitter.com/darryl1974/sta…— Darryl (@darryl1974) February 17, 2013
They've also named all the parkland as "Cator Park" after the exclusive gated Cator Estate in Blackheath:
Residents on the Cator Estate meanwhile have made it clear that want absolutely nothing to do with developments on the wrong side of the Great Wall of Blackheath.
Overall though, I'm fairly impressed with the new village so far.
The last remaining piece of the Ferrier is still hanging on at Telemann Square, (despite demolition being planned for last year) and the redevelopment of the station is well behind schedule (more of which another time) but things do seem to be moving in the right direction.
My only worry is that Berkeley Homes are trying to squeeze too many properties into too small a space, and what is now a pleasant environment will quickly become an overcrowded one.
Already, they've added extra floors to the tower blocks they're building, making the development even more high rise than the Ferrier was.
They're also cramming a lot more in, as you can see from this image on Berkeley Homes' website:
To me that looks like repeating the mistakes of the past. We shall see.