Developer seeks to convert cycle and plant room to flats
The developer behind a controversial new block in Woolwich directly next to the Town Hall has submitted plans to convert a cycle storage area and plant room to flats.
Last week this site looked at how all retail units have remained empty for over a year. While no application is yet in to convert shops, space to the rear is being sought for conversion.
Greenwich Council initially refused plans last year. One reason given was the small size of flats at 37 square metres. This is exactly the same size as proposed flats at Pocket Living sites. You may recall the authority wanted to sell three plots of public land to the company. Now they are pushing ahead with selling one site.
The Planning Inspectorate agreed with Greenwich Council that 37 square metres is too small for two people in a single one-bed flat. So where does that leave Pocket Living plans which are also supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who awarded further loans first issued under Boris Johnson?
This is from the appeal document which states 50 square metres should be the minimum size:
“On that basis, I share the Council’s concern that notwithstanding the notation given on the plans and the content of the appellant’s design and access statement, the size of units 1, 2, 3 and 5 in both appeals would not meet the minimum threshold of 50sqm in the LP and NDSS for a 1- bedroom, two person unit.
That shortfall would be considerable in relation to units 1, 2 and 3, which measure between 37.1sqm and 42sqm in each appeal”.
Other factors for initial refusal were single aspect units and a lack of outside space for each flat.
In this new application flat sizes are now increased from 37sqm to 68sqm.
In addition a parking bay for disabled residents in being removed. Cycle places are being moved to a spot in another part of the development.
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