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Controversial Woolwich housing plan submitted

A contentious scheme to demolish cottages in Woolwich for a block of flats has been submitted to Greenwich Council.

The plans drew criticism during consultation due to developers seeking to demolish homes facing Sandy Hill Road. Housing on a former MOT garage to the rear and retail unit to the side has not seen much in the way of complaints.

Courtesy Google – to be demolished if approved

This part of Woolwich has many buildings of character yet many are in poor condition – along with much of the public realm. No conservation area status exists for this part of town.

Courtesy Google. Building in poor condition. No entry sign in middle of pavement making life hard for wheelchairs and buggies

Full details are:

Construction of a part two / part three storey residential building comprising 23 residential units and three mews houses (for a total of 26 residential units) (Use Class C3), 65sqm of non-residential floor space (Use Class A1), with associated soft and hard landscaping, communal and private amenity spaces, modified vehicle access, accessible parking spaces and drop off, refuse and cycle storage, and associated works (following demolition of existing buildings) | 71-79 SANDY HILL ROAD AND LAND REAR OF 3 BURRAGE PLACE, WOOLWICH, LONDON, SE18 7BQ

Click here to view the plans on the council’s planning portal.

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10 Comments

  1. Nick

    The google images picture is kind they’ve been boarded up and look far worse than that. We need new homes, they could be better but aren’t awful. Just get on with it!

  2. Ash

    Nothing controversial about this, these units are a state at the moment and need replacing.

  3. fromthemurkydepths

    They do but only as the owner has left to rot. I’m not playing that game (which they want) of showing how bad they are now as an excuse to knock down. They looked decent quite recently and could again.

    Not that I think there’s huge merit in them to be honest but have little time for owners letting buildings decline as an excuse to knock down.

    • fromthemurkydepths

      Also, if the corner shop unit was developed plus the rear MOT site it’d be almost the same number of homes across the site if those four renovated. Seems pretty lazy to just knock down – as I said I don’t think there’s huge merit but renovated and each painted a different colour would lift up the street.

      • Jason

        If there’s no architectural merit (which there isn’t), then there’s no value in restoring. I say hurry up and get on with it, it’s an eye sore. Not the time for unnecessary NIMBY style objections to this. I’d think differently if the buildings had any architectural merit, but in this case they really don’t.

  4. Ashley

    Any new developments on this site is better than the current poor state! The whole area needs to be renovated

  5. CDT

    I think it would be a shame to see these old cottages demolished..Are there not grants available to owners, landlords and developers to renovate old empty properties and bring them back in to use ?

    The planned development of flats on the site of the MOT garage and retail unit.could still go a head. Some people are still looking to purchase older style properties and houses in particular as not many new developments tend to included houses. .

  6. Laura Brown

    If Greenwich council can knock down beautiful historical buildings in the town centre for Tesco’s (big money) and their own office building why can’t smaller developers do the same ? All of a sudden after taking best buildings down they are listing and conserving. Madness. Corruption.

  7. Graham

    To be fair only the old post office was a historical building on the site of where Tesco now stands the other two buildings on the site were office blocks Crown Buildings (Old Social Security and Inland Revenue Building) and Peggy Middleton House.(Greenwich Council building). Both had no historical element to them and would have needed extensive refurbishment internally and externally,

  8. David

    That housing has zero architectural value and we should welcome responsible redevelopment of sites like these. Next, council planners need to address the disastrous 1970s traffic patterns imposed on Woolwich which are partly responsible for strangling the livelihoods of small retail. Small retail thrives on available street-level parking which in Woolwich, and much of Greenwich has been obliterated by the dreaded double yellow line. The head in sand attitude of allowing new development to proceed without sufficient parking will plague most retail centres for decades to come.

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