Developers behind a major project in Woolwich town centre are to revise plans and have launched a new website seeking feedback.
The project is on the former site of Woolwich Polytechnic school facing Beresford Street and MacBean Street and includes the current market pound.
I first looked at plans back in June last year. That application was for “a mixed use development within 5 blocks ranging in height from 2 to 22 storeys comprising up to 642 residential units”.
We have little new information to go on via the new website which negates somewhat the worth of asking for feedback. There is some information however, such as home number have now reduced to “622 new Build-to-Rent homes, a reduction of 20 compared to the original application. This reduction will allow us to include more affordable four-bedroom affordable homes for families.”
Just 20 per cent will be “affordable”. At other new build-to-rent homes we have seen vast rents. One recently completed block in Deptford charges:
The twenty per cent “affordable” is split 70/30 between:
Genuinely Affordable: According to some definitions this is around social housing levels however the development website states that all “affordable” homes are “intermediate products”.
London Living Rent: Set at an average in London of £1030 a month for a 2-bed flat.
There’s one image which appears to show design evolution.
Last year’s proposal sought to open up new routes through the site including one off Powis Street leading to Murray’s Yard:
And another site entrance will be created opposite Lidl. Sadly this building and arch – as basic as it is – will go if plans approved:
The building seen to the rear will also be demolished.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for when revisions are uploaded to Greenwich Council’s Planning Portal and put up a new post as soon as that appears. Or when the development’s website is fleshed out somewhat.
One concern I had back in 2019 was potentially limited space for pedestrians and cyclists in Beresford Street. That issue has recently came into greater prominence with a need for social distancing.
All flats will be build to rent will just 20 per cent designated as “affordable.
A development is proposed directly opposite the site at the former Catholic Club.
Click here to view the new website on MacBean Street plans.