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Developers propose raising height of housing block by Woolwich Town Hall

A plan is in to add an additional height to a block of flats under construction beside Woolwich Town Hall on Wellington Street.

The former cinema site site was occupied by the Woolwich Grand is its latter days who attempted to turn it into a community facility with skating and cinema nights alongside other events.

After a long battle developers Paradigm won permission to demolish the old cinema and build a block of flats

Current approved plan

Now they want to add another storey to the top as building work nears completion. It would take the number of flats from 34 to 38.

The existing plans see zinc cladding on the top floor. This invariably looks like a tin shack stuck on top when developments complete. Why do developers persist with it?

Now it could look like a greenhouse perched on a tin shack. Still, better than earlier drafts which had a tin shack on a tin shack.

The land directly north of the block is being redeveloped to provide a cinema and hundreds of homes as covered here.

Looking up Wellington Street

What do you think of this plan? It is cheeky to say the least to add it on so late, especially on such a sensitive site beside the listed Town Hall.

But then again the raised section is set back from Wellington Street so shouldn’t obstruct from General Gordon Square as badly. Will it obscure views for many?

The planning reference is 18/0481/F. You can view and comment by searching here

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