Plans are in for 70 flats on land between Eltham High Street and Southend Crescent.
Back in 2018 I covered plans for 74 flats on site. Those plans are now revised in this recent application. The application proposes 4000 sqm of commercial floorspace, which they claim will generate between 30-50 full time jobs.
As before, 35 per cent will be “affordable”. The application states that Greenwich have failed to meet housing targets in previous years which could sway any decision in favour of approval. I covered failures to meet targets in a post before Christmas.
Failing to build mixed-use development in sites such as Charlton retail parks has repercussions borough-wide. Last year the borough was 700 homes short which equated to meeting just 63 per cent of current targets under the London Plan.
It will be a predominantly car free development, which shouldn’t be an issue if enforcement occurs in surrounding streets. There’s a large number of bus routes nearby and ever fewer younger people now drive, which the flats will be aimed at.
The plan states it’s a six minute cycle rise to Eltham station. True as that may be, riding along Eltham High Street along unprotected paths with cars frequently parked isn’t the most enticing option.
This plan has addressed some concerns with the previous application and does have a decent chance of approval – though Greenwich Council do seem to reject more proposals in Eltham than other parts of the borough. If they do reject, an appeal win is likely given the failure to hit targets in recent years.
Click here to view plans.