New blocks at Greenwich Peninsula site revealed
Consultation on altering already approved 2017 plans and build 476 new homes on the Greenwich Peninsula have been revealed.
L&Q have begun an event highlighting plans for the site directly beside St Mary Magdalene school topping out at 30-storeys.
Amusingly they refer to speeding up plans, yet 2015 plans approved in early 2017 have not been advanced and this new application delays building yet further.
The number of “affordable” housing is set at 60% which is higher than most, though crucially what “affordable” means is not clarified apart from half of those are shared-ownership (that old wheeze whereby you must pay rent, service charges and sometimes ground rent as well as the mortgage) and half “affordable” rent.
If that’s at 80% market rate, given how much landlords charge in the area don’t expect many on less than £80k to be able to afford it.
Consultation material makes reference to buses (many routes recently cut though there are plans for new routes – however they are coming from Kidbrooke where thousands of new homes are being built ) and the Jubilee Line (new train order axed) yet declines to mention Southeastern’s Greenwich line to the south.
As is the norm, also no mention of improving pedestrian and cycling links to Greenwich and nearby shops and amenities. Enjoy these walks:
It’s all decent enough yet not as good as what was approved years ago. For me the design is a step back from the pastel colours and elegant proportions that contrasted nicely with existing builds, while some of the most glaring issues in the area are not mentioned.
With the local Labour party getting a scare in the area at last week’s election (Peninsula ward polled the lowest for Labour in the borough at 17%) will the authority wake up when it comes to public realm and better links as this scheme advances?
Of course the EU elections are quite different to others, yet Silvertown is a contentious issue locally and if the authority do not increase spending and improve the local area using tens of millions obtained via local new-builds, frustration will only increase. Not to mention the health of local people.