Developers behind plans for new homes on Sandy Hill Road have revised the design after poor feedback when proposed last year.
Plans were submitted in July 2019 and involved the demolition of four existing homes which have been allowed to fall into disrepair.
The new plan seems worse than the old. Existing buildings will still be demolished rather than renovated and the corner treatment is poor. What’s with large areas of mainly blank frontage with very small windows punctuating the facade?
The former plan addressed the prominent street corner better too.
As I covered last year, this part of Woolwich has a fair bit of character though some building owners have neglected properties and public realm management is poor. Pavement clutter hampers pedestrians.
Street clutter just over the road from planned flats are a good example of having *no* clue about basic design. It’s an ugly ensemble of various materials and colours none of which combine well or follow standard design practice. Not that all things should be homogenised but this is the other extreme. It’s a couldn’t care less approach. Some obstructs pedestrians.
It’s actually cost money here to achieve so little, benefit few yet manage to drag an area down through ugliness. It’s an authority saying to some of its poorer inhabitants that you’re not worthy of attention or respect. There’s no trees or raised planters and such a slapdash attitude to street furniture wouldn’t happen in certain wealthier areas of the borough such as central Greenwich.
Money from this development could improve it but then money from large developments in numerous parts of Woolwich havn’t done so – and as stated, it’s not as if money isn’t spent, but is spent in ways that do little to help the area.