When covering plans for a new cycle lane between Woolwich and Greenwich recently I was reminded of a tower block proposal a few years ago at the former Albion pub in Woolwich.
Little has been heard of the scheme, which I first covered in 2016, since approval was given in June 2017. That is until today when a new proposal popped up on the Greenwich Council website. Lakeview Estates have submitted an application which bumps up flat numbers to 51.
The developer claimed it was “not viable” to build that scheme and so pushed for 26 floors.
That was knocked back and the new application is the same height as the 2017 approval.
Planning documents for the scheme are severely outdated stating nearby Charlton Riverside will see 3,500 – 5,000 new homes. It was actually 5,000 to 7,500 when the masterplan approved and the London Plan now puts the number at 8,000.
The site is also directly beside the Morris Walk estate in Woolwich. Hoardings are now appearing around that site for demolition as part of the “One Woolwich” scheme to demolish three estates. I’m hoping to pop over and take some pics soon.
Morris Walk will see blocks up to 18-floors under outline plans already approved.
Given the large number of projects in the area it would be interesting to look into the viability of rebuilding the existing Woolwich Dockyard station, or even moving it, to accommodate 12-car trains. Currently 10 carriages is the maximum. It’s the only station on the line with such a restriction.
Moving the station west would place it in the middle of the rebuilt Morris Walk estate – where the uplift in new homes will be substantial – and close to the eastern half of the Charlton Riverside masterplan area for 8,000 homes.
Click here to view details of the Albion Road plan.
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