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More towers in Greenwich up for planning next week

Plans for a 22-storey tower on Greenwich Peninsula will be considered by Greenwich Council’s Planning Board next week. The site (snappily named as plot 18.03) will be between the forthcoming St Mary Magdalene school for 1600 pupils and the park running down the middle of the Peninsula. The total number of flats in this plot is 220. The level of “affordable” is just 25%.

I’m liking the use of subdued varied colour in these blocks, as well recesses in the facade towards the top. There’s a solid grid facade in the “New London Vernacular” style which is now extremely widespread across the capital. No tacked-on balconies which often look a bit cheap and an afterthought. The architects are Duggan Morrison.

plot-1803

Plan are also in for a plot next door to 18.03, which is handily named 18.02. This plot is directly north and should be before the Planning Board shortly after its neighbour over the coming months. The site has a slightly taller tower which tops out at 26 storeys:

plot-1802-aerial

242 homes are planned here. The planning reference for this is 16/1776/R.

plot18-02viewfromsouthendofcentralpark

plot18-02-by-school

Like its neighbour this plot uses a range of colours and a grid facade, though without recesses to break the massing.

Transport

Once again I couldn’t see anything about improving pedestrian and cycling links to east Greenwich and the “old” town. They are pretty dire which I covered here when I looked into links. So it’s likely that many residents will use buses. Yep, those same buses that Ikea are relying on for many to reach their proposed store.

It’s to be hoped Greenwich Council spend at least small sums on improving links between the Peninsula and elsewhere with future developments. They’re now forced to spend 15% of developer income from the Community Infrastructure Levy locally due to recent rule changes. They’ve chosen the bare minimum percentage required, and compares badly to other boroughs which have stipulated 25%. I’ll cover that soon, but even 15% of such vast income can do much to make walking and cycling a far better prospect than it now is.

By denying better links less people will visit the shops in east Greenwich. The many independent shops along Trafalgar Road will lose out on much potential custom.

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2 Comments

  1. GavinM

    This area is going to be a major transport headache soon.

    I think that alot of people in Charlton or on the west of Woolwich use the car to pick up/drop off family members to NG. The traffic is already bad there in the mornings and the evenings and mixes with traffic going through the Blackwall Tunnel. I cannot imagine what it will be like when that area is more populated. Add to that the forthcoming Silvertown tunnel works which will cause disruption soon, no doubt.

    I will use Woolwich Crossrail when it arrives but I cannot see how that will solve the road problems as the area becomes more populated. It’s a pity because the East Greenwich, Charlton and Woolwich areas seem to be slowly improving.

    Are the Council even considering any options for improvement of local transport, apart from Crossrail, which I think will be massively over-subscribed when it arrives…?

  2. Susan

    because of this reason i do my shopping outside RBG. this is the choice i am left with,i cannot afford to move home,if i could i would.

    who’s owning this problem TLF,RBG,TFL,RBG,TFL,RBG on and on and on and on we go, Children Please! Yes extremely exasperating

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