Early plans are in to demolish Greenwich College buildings in Plumstead and construct 332 new homes housing nearly 1,000 new residents.
As this is an early submission asking the authority for feedback, it’s not a full application with detailed images, though does give some pointers and general ideas.
Firstly, a new college would be built on site though it will see sizable reductions in space. The campus, which is currently 10,000 sqm in size will reduce to 6,000 sqm.
Work is scheduled to last from 2020 to 2027. London South East Colleges have partnered with London and Quadrant (L&Q) to provide the residential element. However in September of this year L&Q announced they would pause building as prices started to fall so that may impact upon timescales.
Given price growth way above inflation and income growth was unsustainable, this appears to again show that relying on the market alone for housing will not provide much-needed homes.
The college, located in Plumstead, was formerly known as Woolwich College before it became Greenwich Community College. The college was taken over by Bromley College in 2016 after being judged inadequate by OFSTED and facing possible closure.
An inspection this year found the merged Bromley, Orpington, Bexley, and Greenwich Colleges rated as good.
The college site along with neighboring estates were Victorian terraced housing until flattened in the early 1970s for comprehensive redevelopment.
As this is at an early stage of the planning process some revisions can be expected, but ultimately I’d expect the 320 home figure to remain about the same when full plans are submitted.
Click here to view planning documents.
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Construction of a new building to provide up to 6500sqm of non-residential floorspace (Use Class D1), up to 350 sqm of flexible commercial floor space (A1/A2/B1/D1/D2) and up to 320 residential dwellings (Use Class C3) with associated landscaping, access including the construction of a new road, play space, refuse storage, parking and public realm. | 95 PLUMSTEAD ROAD, WOOLWICH, LONDON, SE18 7DQ