A new estate has been taking shape in Woolwich over recent years as part of the One Woolwich scheme to demolish three estates and replace with 1,600 homes.
The scheme has aroused controversy as 1,100 predominantly council homes let at social rent rates are being replaced by 1,600 new homes of which 35% are “affordable” leading to a net reduction.
So-called affordable rents can now be at up to 80% of market rents, so not only are there fewer homes to rent below market rates but they are also more expensive.
The first of the three to go was the Connaught estate. In its place comes Trinity Walk from Lovell Homes and ASRA Housing Association.
Here’s how it looks from Woolwich New Road, with Tesco’s Carbuncle winner seen behind in all it’s grey plastic cladding glory.
Woolwich Baptist church hangs on at one corner but probably not for much longer. Plans have been submitted to demolish and build a 14-storey block with a replacement church.
As is is, and how it could be:
Taller housing blocks taper down towards Anglesea Road.
In the warm afternoon sun this area felt a hell of a lot better than it used to with various trees coming into full bloom.
So far a few hundred homes appear to be complete and work is underway on a subsequent stage to the rear:
Other estates in the redevelopment scheme include Morris Walk near Woolwich Dockyard station,which has seen residents moving out over recent years, and Maryon Grove near Charlton.
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