Greenwich Council have launched an online consultation on plans to build new public housing on Well Hall Road in Eltham. The blocks would comprise 20 flats.
It’s welcome to see new public housing plans on a garage site though there’s some reservations for me. What is with the high brick wall at street level? No attempt at active frontage or natural surveillance of the street. Ugly to boot.
The building is set far back from the street edge. It needn’t go right to the very edge but building closer to paving could permit more much-needed new homes on this plot. The green is heavily sloped and little use as a playing area. Moving the building could also increase the size of a “shared landscaped outdoor space to the rear”.
I can see why they’ve done it. It retains the building line along the street and a path running a few feet parallel to the street is retained, but on the balance of probabilities is it the right decision? A tough one.
The council’s waiting list continues to grow and use of public funds to house people in temporary private accommodation continues to rise sharply. Less homes here means more people in the type of home I covered here, with people moved miles from friends and family, support networks, children’s schools and often in extremely poor quality housing (which costs taxpayers huge sums).
At least it isn’t one or two storeys, and a stable home will be provided to people who lack one.
Click here to view plans.