They’re coming in thick and fast.
Another application is in at Greenwich Peninsula and this one’s for the south-east corner of Greenwich Millennium Village, just over the road from Ikea and near Bugsby’s Way shops.
There are plans for a new square, parking and offices with retail on the ground floor. Planning documents state the plot as a gateway to the entire GMV site. Adjacent homes were submitted and covered on this site a couple of weeks ago.
This is the proposed block:
Loving the use of a Jaguar E-Type there. Remove that for an HGV and you’re somewhat closer to the truth. In fact all the renders paint a picture somewhat at odds with reality – as my photos of the area show.
What is noticeable is the overall GMV masterplan – including this prominent plot – is straight out of failed 1960s urban design. So far next to no changes to surrounding roads have been made.
An attempt to insulate homes and residents from major roads in the surrounding area, pretending they’re not there rather than work to alter those roads to create a people-friendly space when people leave the estate.
No matter how many shops, thousands of homes and offices this areas sees, the local authority seems resolute in sticking to the existing road network of large roundabouts, high speeds and vehicle-priority without considering thousands of new residents, worker and visitors.
Many post-war estate did exactly that and presented blank facades to surrounding roads in insular designs. It didn’t work. Many are now coming down. In Greenwich the same mistakes are being pushed.
The application states:
“The Proposed Masterplan is predicated on a desire to create a humane
public realm of streets and squares”.
Yes, but only within the site. Do they expect people to never leave on foot to reach railway stations nearby, shops, schools, and other amenities in areas such as east Greenwich?
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