Developers behind the Spray Street scheme in Woolwich have this morning announced an agreement with Cineworld-owned Picturhouse cinemas for a five-screen cinema.
One problem though – the Spray Street plan has been put back due to the Covered Market being listed meaning any movement on the development is quite some time off.
St Modwen and Notting Hill Genesis plan to consult on revised plans in early 2020. If a planning application is made during summer 2020 a decision could be made by late 2020 though that’s an ambitious timescale.
Given all that, any cinema is likely to be three to four years away at best.
Now halted plans would have seen the covered market and all buildings demolished across a large part of Woolwich.
The scheme evolved from one that retained the best of what’s already there (granted, that wasn’t much but some buildings have merit) into one that wanted to sweep away everything. It appeared a very lazy approach – and doing so ultimately delayed the entire scheme moving forwards.
Tower were located up against the street which also presented a canyon effect. No set-back appeared which normally works far better at street level when it comes to towers. The corner treatment on approach from Plumstead was dreary and dull.
Business owners also complained about being forced out and offered unsuitable alternatives. One newsagent owner complained about being forced to leave a busy town centre site and being offered a quiet spot with far less footfall in Abbey Wood.
Another cinema is planned in Woolwich at the “island site”. Plans were approved by Greenwich Council before being called in by the mayor due to very little affordable housing. After some small revisions, it went back to Greenwich Council who again approved last year.
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