Greenwich Council’s Planning Board look set to approve 61 student rooms in a new block behind the former east Greenwich library.
It should be noted this is not in the sadly run down library itself. More than £400,000 in Section 106 funds will be provided to Greenwich Council for off-site affordable housing.
According to planning documents Community Infrastructure Levy income will also bring in £140,000 to the authority.
Despite being in an area with some of the very worst public realm in the entire borough no money is allocated to improving approaches to the Angerstein roundabout. Improving the area would have possibly yielded more income for the council who are in the process of selling the library.
But alas very little has been carried out. Yes, many other schemes in the area are supposed to be forthcoming which will help improve the area – though absolutely no details are in the public domain and no information ever seems forthcoming.
It’s also concerning that the report appears to get numbers wrong on how much Community Infrastructure Levy is liable. The report states £70 per square metre. For student housing it should be £65 according to the authorities own figures.
This is the report before the Planning Board:
Yet here is Greenwich borough’s Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule: