Berkeley Homes seek to raise height of Kidbrooke blocks
A new plan has been submitted to raise building heights and the number of flats in Kidbrooke Village blocks by 30 per cent.
Berkeley Homes seek to increase flats in Phase 3 and 5 beyond original plans resulting in an increase from 1,004 to 1,309 for those stages. The total development is near 5,000 homes.
Planning documents state the impact of height increases would be minimal:
“The proposed changes in building height across the Site could result in different environmental effects (e.g. Daylight / Sunlight, Wind and Townscape)…However, it is considered that the nature of such changes is unlikely to generate significant negative effects and any localised effects can either be designed out or mitigated”
The current uplift is not the first in the area.
This table illustrates increases planned at various blocks:
This latest uplift concerns Phases 3 and 5 out of 6 in total. Phase 3 still only includes 12% of properties allocated as social homes.
Despite increases in new homes, delays to Southeastern’s next franchise ensure there are no confirmed entry date for additional carriages despite Kidbrooke station located directly beside this site.
In terms of impact on transport, the associated document states changes are moderately positive yet fails to mention impacts upon Southeastern services.
The history of Kidbrooke Village is a good reason to never believe estimates of forthcoming homes under area masterplans.
Greenwich Peninsula homes on land owned by Knight Dragon rose from around 4,000 in the first masterplan to near 16,000 now. There’s another 5,000 planned around that at other sites.
I’m very dubious Charlton Riverside will be capped at 7,500. I’d estimate nearer 10,000 when all’s said and done.