Lewisham Council has approved plans for the £250m mixed-use Lewisham Gateway development.

The decision means work can start on site later next year at the scheme which is being developed by Lewisham Gateway Developments – a consortium comprising Muse Developments and Taylor Wimpey – and the London Development Agency.

The development will comprise 800 homes, shops, cafes and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, a park and town square, offices and a redeveloped bus interchange. The scheme, which will be completed in a six-year phased development, will join the main shopping centre with the train and DLR stations.

Given the size of the application it will be referred to the Mayor of London and to the Government Office for London. A compulsory purchase inquiry and a number of road closure orders are also required before work can begin on site.