Ever looked out across Greenwich Peninsula and thought there’s not enough tarmac and parking?
No, me neither, but another is planned with a coach park submitted for planning. The site is just south of the cable car.
Plans also appear to show an extensive new car park alongside which is presumably a separate application. I’ll look into that.
Developers claim it is needed as Silvertown Tunnel work will take over some other spaces, yet from plans I’ve seen should still allow much space for vehicles. Car parks are vast in this area.
Acres of land on the Peninsula are still used for parking 20 years after provision for the Millennium Dome.
Since 1999 London’s population has risen by more than two million people and house building has lagged far behind need.
Developer Knight Dragon bought land covering much of the Peninsula earlier this decade after little action for years under previous owners, and after some plots were built action has now seemingly been placed on hold. There’s little sign of action on sites that were due to start after approval four years ago – and will much happen after Upper Riverside completes?
It shows the danger of leaving huge sites in the hands of just one developer instead of breaking up plots and becoming reliant on the private sector to build needed homes. Any sniff of an economic downturn and building often stops.
Not that the private sector builds what’s needed anyway in the good times, and often at prices far beyond the reach of many. The public sector is prevented from stepping in in many instances by central government policies.
Don’t expect the car parks and tarmac to go anytime soon.