Peabody's housing plans for West Thamesmead revealed

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Much publicity over recent months about Thamesmead’s planned Housing Zones has focused on South Thamesmead and it’s famous estate, where 1661 new homes are planned. Up to now, plans for other areas Peabody intend to develop have been thin on the ground. That’s now changed as plans for 66 homes at a patch of land close to Plumstead are revealed. This patch of land is by the Princess Alice pub, the small parade of shops and over the road from Belmarsh Prison’s main entrance.

Peabody have appointed Pitman Tozer architects to work on The Reach site. Previous work includes the award-winning Peabody development in Bethnal Green on Mint Street.

Unlike South Thamesmead’s Housing Zone of 1661 homes, which is located in Bexley borough, this site is in Greenwich’s zone and is the first stage of 1500+ homes planned there. Other larger housing sites are at the Moorings Estate (which would make an ideal London Overground station on an extension from Barking Riverside to Abbey Wood Crossrail station), a patch of land by the one-way system near Plumstead bus garage plus an area by the Thames and the Broadwater Canal. Whether the dried-out, rubbish-strewn canal is built upon remains to be seen.

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It could be a great feature. Houses lining one side turn their back to it. Homes and commercial space to be built on the other should make a virtue of it.

Lifschutz Davison Sandilands architects are leading design work on sites in Plumstead and West Thamesmead. Previous work includes the very good ‘Kidbrooke Village’ development, which bodes well.

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0 thoughts on “Peabody's housing plans for West Thamesmead revealed

  • March 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    They should fill it back up with water make into a lake better view from my room

  • March 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Fromthemurkydepths,

    Required information regarding future development plans of last Royal Arsenal area remains near this area.

    The GLC did a great job of keeping Royal Arsenal history like the magazines (Tumps) and Firing ranges etc. as part of Thamesmeads present landscape.

    Please can someone help in persuading developers to take in consideration of keeping the last remaining triangle mound royal Arsenal area landscape as part of a recreational, park or communal area as a reminder of history and also what role Thamesmead played during both world wars.

    Please see this video showing area mentioned

    Also please visit To shed some light on Thamesmead’s hidden history.

    Please can you help confirm what plans are in place for this area and if any plans to preserve it. Maybe an interesting article for you to publish.

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