The Mayor has rejected a proposed development to build 771 homes on the first major site within Charlton Riverside’s Masterplan.
Sadiq Khan rejected the scheme based upon poor quality public realm and criticised poor consultation with local residents, businesses and landowners.
Greenwich Council rejected the scheme last year. Many councillors claimed the plan was too tall at 10-storeys.
The Charlton Riverside Masterplan (or SPD) does permit buildings at 10-storeys but with transport improvements. In recent weeks and months it has been revealed that a number of bus routes nearby will be cut in frequency. 222 car parking spaces were planned.
The hearing today heard that future public transport improvements are expected yet the Jubilee Line upgrade is to all intents and purposes scrapped and buses are being cut.
£2.1 million will be spent on a new road yet there’s no guarantee any additional buses would serve the route. Over £800,000 from Section 106 would have gone go to GLLaB.
That’s around the same as the entire sum going to “bus improvements”. Once again GLLaB is taking huge sums despite many pressing issues in the area.
In addition, the amount of money it would have brought to Greenwich Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy is £3,569,028.
A controversial aspect raised at the hearing was a “play street” doubling as access to industrial units.
Residents of adjacent Atlas and Derrick Gardens in Charlton argued buildings will loom over – whilst developers argue they have reduced heights from earlier plans after Greenwich rejected the scheme.
Now developers must re-work the scheme and come back again.