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Signs of life at long-stalled 22-floor Mast Quay Woolwich tower

Tower at North Woolwich can just about be seen rising

Signs of life have been spotted in Woolwich after plans to build a tower by the Thames in Woolwich were put on hiatus.

Two blocks were built as part of phase one of Mast Quay. Phase two for a 22-floor tower and 218 flats beside Woolwich ferry never got off the ground.

Phase 1 of Mast Quay

The next stage of the project from Comer Homes was to see a taller tower. Nothing has happened since approval was given on appeal seven years ago for 218 flats. The application is now a decade old.

Tallest tower yet to be built

Legal disputes appear to have hit the project yet some project-related planning applications begun to be submitted earlier this year. The developer behind the project was Comer Homes and machinery on site today bears that name yet a Section 106 agreement from 2018 had the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation as the applicant. An organisation created after the financial crises.

Tower when complete – that roof treatment…very early 2000s

Affordable housing levels are very low at less than 15% of total flats. Greenwich Council will receive over £4 million to provide off-site units – which doesn’t seem a large amount – especially if income is used to buy market homes rather than construct on land they already own.

Seen from ferry roundabout

Some sort of structure is being built in front of one tower.

New structure on left

The design of the next phase was dated when approved back in 2012. The website for the project is similarly retro. Attempts to gain information from Comer Homes met silence.

Looking towards Mast Quay 1

Will work actually progress or is this doing a few bits and pieces to ensure the application doesn’t lapse? We’ll see soon.

 

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4 Comments

  1. tony g

    The permission for Phase 2 (ref.10/0161) lapsed in 2015 ….

  2. fromthemurkydepths

    I’ve just been looking at the planning documents. S106 signed in 2018 and detailed submissions submitted in 2019. Only approved in 2012. https://planning.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_GRNW_DCAPR_63273

  3. Jack

    The legal agreement is from 2012 not 2018, it was just published by Greenwich on their Planning System in 2018.

    The development must be considered as implemented, as otherwise it would have expired in 2015 and the details pursuant applications cannot be used to extend time limits of an application.

  4. CDT

    Thank you for the update Murky. Inoticed the machinery on site when I passed the development site recently. Good to see work is starting now on this development.

    The amount of affordable homes does seem low at only 15%. Greenwich Council seem to prefer to buy homes at Market value rather than build them themeslves.

    Greenwich and other Local Authorities also prefer where possible to hand over some of their existing council housing stockon larger estates to housing associations like Charlton Triangle Homes.

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