Consultation on over 600 homes at former Woolwich Poly school site

Legal and General will hold consultation events this week on plans to build over 600 homes at the former site of Woolwich Polytechnic school on Macbean Street in Woolwich town centre.

The first event runs this Thursday from 3pm-7pm and then another on Saturday from 11:30am to 3pm. Both are at South London Academy at 115-123 Powis Street which is above Clarks and Argos.

I’ve been covering developments on the site over recent years. After Victorian school buildings on site were demolished around a decade ago the site has mainly lay empty with applications for car parks rejected.

The site

Then the plot was purchased by L&G in July 2018 who last month asked Greenwich Council about the possibility of constructing a 22-floor tower. This event will reveal whether they are pursuing buildings of similar height.

Buildings on site in poor condition – yet could look great refurbished

Legal and General are also behind plans for towers in Lewisham town centre along Loampit Vale on the site of Sports Direct, yet despite approval a couple of years ago no progress has been made.

L&G plans in Lewisham

This latest Woolwich scheme joins a long list either recently completed or in progress:

The scheme joins many others in Woolwich either approved or planned including:

  • Callis Yard (covered here– finished but legal hold ups impacting residents. More on that soon)
  • Spray Street (742 homes – covered here)
  • Wellington Street (Wellington Quarter – see here)
  • Royal Sovereign House (covered here – work now underway)
  • The Island Site (310 homes)
  • Former Catholic Club (covered here)
  • Mortgramit Square (Covered here yet area now in conservation zone – more on that soon)
  • Trinity Walk (see here and part of 1,600 “One Woolwich ” scheme)
  • Royal Arsenal – numerous sites. (3000+ homes)
  • Armourers Court on top of eastern end of Crossrail station (394 flats)
  • New Waterfront Leisure Centre and homes at Wilko site
  • Potential tower in front and to rear of Tesco (800 homes)
  • DLR station site (you never know, it may stop being landbanked after 10 years)

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

5 thoughts on “Consultation on over 600 homes at former Woolwich Poly school site

  • Whatever happened to the food market planned for this area? Wool yard if I recall with shipping containers as food ‘trucks’ etc? Seems far more useful and inspiring (given closure of Market) than further bland, hideously priced apartments

  • Iceland took over the unit and wanted to use the yard behind where the market was planned I believe. Not just for deliveries to the store but vans for home deliveries from the shop. That’s what I was told.

  • Much needed homes to renovate the area Which is in dire need of modernisation

  • The area around Macbean Street does need to be regenerated, However, it would be nice if the old building on the site could be saved and refurbished as part of the new development.

    It is a shame the Wool Yard market did not get to go ahead, Improving the existing market and increasing the hours the market is open could encourage new market traders to the Woolwich area.

  • I agree that the existing buildings on site should stay otherwise it would be a waste.

    As far as I am concerned I took a walk around there from the end of Powis Street and it was really dead. So, anything that could inject some life there would be great.

    On a side note, the Island Site was one of the developments that really excited me. Is this still happening? I look at the proposal on Greenwich planning website and it still says a decision is to be made??


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