Plans have been submitted to demolish what remains of the former Sidcup leisure centre and build a new gym with 27 flats and undercroft parking.
Sidcup’s former leisure centre closed and was replaced by the current facility back in 2008. Much of the site has been levelled since with the frontage remaining.
Bexley Council’s conservation officer requested developers retain the frontage in plans during pre-application meetings though developers intend to demolish. It’s not in great shape currently though officers sought to refurbish to an as-new condition.
Developers have also rejected a request to include a through-route for pedestrians.
Bexley Council’s rules state nine of the 27 flats should be “affordable” or a payment made for off-site housing. According to developers the council did not get back to them on this issue during two pre-application meetings.
The Planning Statement notes:
“Officers confirmed they will follow up with confirmation if a financial contribution can be made as an alternative to providing affordable units on Site; however, no formal pre-application comments have been received to date from LBB”.
Bexley Council has a poor record of securing “affordable” housing at many schemes.
Near this site a plan was approved earlier this year to demolish co-op and build a block of flats. Developers there argued they could not provide any “affordable” homes on site and would give payment for homes elsewhere.
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Given “affordable” housing now includes cost levels up to 80 per cent of market rates, which could still mean £300,000+ for a small two-bed flat in Zone 5 or 6, claims that providing that is not possible highlights the housing mess we are now in.
Where “affordable” is being built there is a risk of sink estates being created. Just last week Bexley Council approved a 100% so-called affordable development in Slade Green on a tight plot beside a curved section of railway which forms the loop line linking the Woolwich and Bexleyheath line.
Anyone lived near curved track? It’s often pretty loud with squeaking rails. The Slade Green depot is also nearby with trains moving throughout the night.
Montreaux Ltd are the developers behind this plan. Last week this site covered how they’ve purchased land in Charlton with plans to build up to 1,500 homes.
This development in Sidcup will go before Bexley’s planning committee in coming months.