The next stage of Charlton’s masterplan to provide 7,500 homes has taken a step closer. A plot of industrial land has been sold for £45 million to developer Montreaux.
This site is currently home to Dawsons bus hire and Stone Foundries who produce products for the aerospace, defence and motor sport industries. In the past they created vast propellers for ocean going liners, as this British Pathe film shows.
I’ll confess I had no idea this particular company operated in Charlton. It’s a shame I’ve only found out when the land is sold – and that skilled jobs appear to be going.
Stone Foundries former owner Langham Industries agreed to sell the company last year, and part of the plan was to then sell land, whose value would have increased once the masterplan was adopted.
It’s of course far from the only scheme in the area.
Other sites include U+I’s proposal for 520 homes at Westminster Industrial Estate, covered in September 2018 here.
And there’s also a plan for 1,350 homes at Herringham Road partly on a Go-Kart track as covered in May this year.
Stone Foundries lies between the two plots highlighted above.
A school is being upgraded to take 950 pupils – up from 600:
Komoto are also planning 500 homes in long, slab-like blocks:
Rockwell’s plans were blocked on appeal on a site closest to retail parks.
These schemes total less than half of the total number of new homes. A new public transport link is due to run through the entire site, yet the very first application (Rockwell) messed about with the intended route. While it was refused, it wasn’t due to making future bus journeys slower.
Greenwich Council have been buying some land in the area too. What they plan to do with it will be interesting.
How the increased population will be accommodated is a mystery on many fronts. It feeds into many areas – hospitals and transport including the nearby Silvertown Tunnel plus Southeastern’s future franchise and forthcoming capacity.