After many years delay detailed planning applications are finally being submitted for individual plots across Convoy’s Wharf in Deptford. The entire scheme will include 3,500 flats and 1,840 car parking spaces.
The first detailed application went in last July and was covered here. That featured 456 flats on a plot nearest Deptford High Street and Greenwich.
This latest application is for an adjacent site at Plot P15 which comprises 124 “affordable” homes. Only 20% of the entire 3,500 homes will be “affordable”. Local Labour MP Vicky Foxcroft has criticised the low total.
Retails units are planned at street level – assuming high rents do not result in vacancies as seen at many other developments. It tops out around 10 floors in height. Building heights across the site will step up towards towers away from existing homes.
The whole scheme was called in by Boris Johnson five years ago and approved after developers Hutchison Whompoa argued an urgent decision was needed. They’ve owned the land for 17 years after purchasing from News International.
Since approval very little has happened. Four years ago the then-Mayor stated:
“We need to build thousands of new homes in the capital and proposals to do that at Convoys Wharf have stalled for far too long.”
But as we’ve seen time and time again, leaving vast plots in the hands of one owner is a recipe for drip feeding plots whilst the housing shortage grows.
Click here to view planning documents relating to the recent submission.
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