Three shops with flats above are planned at the site of a scout hall on Brewery Road in Plumstead.
Its’s currently a scruffy site and the plans show a new building with frontages facing onto Brewery Road and Waverley Road near to where the street forks into two.
A better building here could do much to improve Brewery Road, which is a bit tired both here and closer to the High Street.
I wrote before about how the road could become an attractive destination with modest investment in the public realm with adjustments to parking, new paving, less street furniture clutter and the addition of trees. There’s lots of scope that isn’t being realised.
This development could bring in some cash to the council, but even if it’s not sizeable enough there’s no shortage of other cash to improve Brewery Road and Plumstead High Street.
On the stretch shown above some low-cost improvements such as tree planting, new and uniform paving and better lighting would increase the attractiveness of the area. A cafe could act as a meeting point for the local community. There’s no shortage of homes nearby and potential footfall.
Greenwich still havn’t announced much of where £3.5 million they’re given by TfL this year will go. Then there’s the £13.7 million they’re given by central government this year through the New Homes Bonus. In addition there’s at least £12 million from Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy money coming this year.
There’s still unspent millions from previous years’ income.
Surely they can find modest sums from that income to improve and rejuvenate a busy street around Plumstead town centre. There’s no doubt many locals want it but appear to hit a brick wall when contacting local Labour councillors and council staff.
The planning reference is 17/2661/F