Early plans for towers up to 30 floors have been submitted to Greenwich Council on land beside St Mary Magdalene school.
The school opened late last year with an initial 450 pupils that will rise to over 1,600 in coming years.
Pupil intake will ramp up with a sixth form also due. Eventually it will have pupils aged from 3 to 18.
According to the submission, plots will comprise “480 residential units in total, within 7 blocks of varying heights. There will be a maximum of 49 parking spaces (including 15 blue badge spaces) and provision for 808 cycle parking spaces with 13 short stay spaces to be incorporated in the landscape design”.
The lack of parking spaces is due to an emphasis on public transport. However cuts to buses such as the 472 have been announced. The 180 is being diverted from Lewisham to North Greenwich station but substantial increases in capacity is not on the cards.
The Jubilee Line upgrade was also scrapped in late 2017.
At the time TfL said a dip in passengers was behind the move, yet passengers numbers on the tube are now rising steadily once again.
The forthcoming application should analyse all these elements in the area:
- Driver Delay
- Pedestrian and Cycle Delay
- Pedestrian and Cycle Amenity
- Fear and Intimidation
- Accidents and Safety
Many of these tests would be passed if analysing the area between the site and north Greenwich but it’s another story to east Greenwich and reaching amenities to the south.
It’s pretty bleak.
Previous plans and subsequent developments in the area have seen very little change.
Developer Knight Dragon are expecting to submit detailed planning in April 2019.