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Demolition work kicks off in another area of Thamesmead

Courtesy Elaine Estwick. taken April 2020

Bulldozers have begun rolling in to demolish more homes in Thamesmead including some its most iconic housing.

Coralline Walk along Harrow Manorway has been vacant for some time.

Blank frontage facing dual carriageway

This stage was some of the first housing to be built as part of the new town. It went way over budget and subsequent phases were simplified.

Hundreds of homes are empty

The Barge Pole pub was located here until demolition last year alongside homes to the north around Southmere Lake:

Now gone

Looking down Harrow Manorway with former pub site on the left

No more Barge Pole

Alongside these homes is Harrow Manorway which has undergone a £10 million upgrade. In part this is to help buses heading to the Elizabeth Line from Thamesmead. Earlier today I wrote a post about a planned station when these homes were going up. It was to be be located between Abbey Wood and Plumstead.

These homes were already a short walk from Abbey Wood station and quick links into central London. The station would have assisted subsequent phases which were watered down into simplified designs before cancellation.

Taken June 2019. Vacant – yet another six year wait for homes to complete on this site

This being Peabody, there still hasn’t been any detailed plans submitted for the area and a completion date of 2025 was given last year. After nearly a decade of land ownership even the first homes havn’t completed at a site to the north.

Peabody plans

Detailed plans should be submitted sometime soon, but given recent history don’t get too excited. Then it has to be approved and built.

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