Kidbrooke tower blocks approved as new town centre progresses
Greenwich Council’s Planning Board last month approved plans for more large blocks in Kidbrooke with an increase in planned homes. These all fall under Phase 3 of the scheme and are on the temporary site of Sainsbury’s and the Doctors.
Revisions for Phase 3 mean the number of homes planned in Block C rises from 83 to 104, Block D goes from 294 homes to 334. Block E similarly rises from 207 to 252 flats. That one is 100% “affordable” with 46% social rent.
When looking overall at Phase 3 – 38% is “affordable” but just 12% is social rent.
Currently, Block A and B of Phase 3 (the Village Centre) are underway. That’s what you may have seen rising beside Kidbrooke station. A new Sainsbury’s and Young’s pub will be included as will the tallest tower of the scheme.
A new station is due in 2018. There has been an increase in passengers from 900k users in 2011/12 to 1.6 million in 2015/16.
In relation to the recent approvals and increase in homes, it seems that Southeastern were not contacted about the plan. This is why TfL Rail having control through London Overground is important – they would have a say and liaise with developers. The Department for Transport were not contacted. Network Rail did not reply.
It’s clear why recent consultation documents for future capacity propose very little increases, as organisations that should be advocating for more carriages aren’t engaged.