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.
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.
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.
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.
Some sort of structure is being built in front of one tower.
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.
Will work actually progress or is this doing a few bits and pieces to ensure the application doesn’t lapse? We’ll see soon.