Developers are asking Greenwich Council whether a 22-storey tower is permissable at the former Woolwich Poly school site at Macbean Street.
The plan is for “a mixed use development within 5 blocks ranging in height from 2 to 22 storeys comprising up to 650 residential units”.
The tallest block is planned just behind buildings on Powis Street. Since the Victorian school building was demolished the site has lay empty with a few attempts to run car parks on the site refused.
Last July this site covered how L&G purchased this plot of land and revealed plans to build new homes.
Legal & General have been in the news regarding building homes to lease to Croydon council for social housing. They also plan to build towers near Lewisham station on the site of Sports Direct and Matalan yet there is little sign of progress since plans revealed.
In Woolwich concerns will no doubt be raised over the height. A wall effect of numerous towers in the town around the same height is a worry.
What is bizarre, and something covered when looking at Woolwich’s forthcoming Masterplan, is why Greenwich Council appear to seek to continue low rise warehouses just east of the new Crossrail station then try to squeeze high density towers onto other plots just to the west.
Large single level units could become mixed-use with homes above with some industry moving 500 metres east to a site where the council are to build 22 industrial units near Plumstead bus garage.
This would permit much needed housing near Crossrail whilst not having a situation of low rise then a sudden jump to numerous 20-22 floor towers. There would be no loss of industrial and commercial space.
L&G state they would like to complete the development by 2022.
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