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Housing and Development in London

Deptford

First phase of massive 3500-home Convoy’s Wharf development in for planning

Ever since News International vacated their site at Convoys Wharf in Deptford, plans have been rumbling around for huge redevelopment that will bring thousands of homes.

Tower due to follow in subsequent stages

Under Boris Johnson’s Mayoralty, the decision to approve outline plans was taken out of Lewisham Council’s hands after developer Hutchison Whampoa claimed they needed approval quickly.

That was four and a half years ago. Only now are we seeing the first detailed plans.

This prime site has now been empty for 18 years in the midst of a housing crises. This drone footage featured on Deptford Dame shows the extent of the site.



Stage 1

The outline approval includes around 3,500 on the site north of Deptford High Street. This first detailed plan is for 456 homes.

They havn’t been using the past few years to come up with any particularly interesting or innovative designs.

In fact, it all looks a bit cheap, with grey cladding between windows on one corner building.

I do however like the use of blue brick to enliven one corner building.

Flats are located in mid-rise blocks around a central podium with commercial space at street level.

Transport

Cycle Superhighway 4 is to be built just south of the site and run to Tower Bridge.

Deptford station was rebuilt around five years ago but still has very few staff and limited ticket office hours. Whether a DfT franchise will fix that is unknown. TfL were planning for all-day staffing at the rapidly growing station until a takeover was blocked by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.



The Planning Reference is DC/18/107698. Click here to search and view.

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2 Comments

  1. Just a thought

    We need housing, but it’s a joke if the infrastructure is not there. 3, 500 homes no extra trains or gp services, schools etc people can rent off landlords with no sense of community or respect for the area. Deptford is becoming a mess with no joined up vision. The original application was a joke on so many levels. The site should be developed but for people not for a developer who does not care about the area or the legacy they leave….we should do better…

  2. Just a thought but it will change nothing

    We need housing, but it’s a joke if the infrastructure is not there. 3, 500 homes no extra trains or gp services, no schools, so people can rent off landlords with no sense of community or respect for the area. The original application was a joke on so many levels. The site should be developed but for people not for a developer who does not care about the area or the legacy they leave, just a fat wallet. We coukd and should do better but our balls are in a vice…and the community will get shafted.

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