Woolwich fire station's conversion to housing approved

Greenwich Council last night approved proposals to convert the former fire station into nine homes. The station closed in 2014.

woolwich fire station

The building is located on Sunbury Street, opposite a former care home which is also to become housing. 48 flats will be built.

sunbury street flats

The fire station’s conversion to residential follows plans for the former police station that recently closed, as well as the Magistrates Court which closed in 2011. Some great photos of the interior can be seen here. Woolwich County Court is now also earmarked for closure. Future plans for the site have not been revealed.

Woolwich’s closure is not the only fire station to be affected by cuts in the service. East Greenwich and Erith stations are each losing one fire engine permanently despite very large scale housing plans in the vicinity. At least 2000 new homes are planned around Erith with thousands in Thamesmead, and around 20000 near East Greenwich on the Peninsula. Plumstead fire station is also likely to move from the Victorian building on the High Street to a spot near the bus garage but shouldn’t see any cuts to engine numbers.

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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