A new planning application for car parking at Woolwich towers has been submitted and appears to confirm that much prime riverside space will not be used for commercial units.
Thames side unit in the towers would be tailor-made for pubs, bars, restaurants or anything that would suit a riverside location – which is most things.
Instead, much space at street level facing the Thames path is given over to a bin store with a blank facade facing the river. Flood defence zones do not cover all the site.
The base of towers buildings will see 160 car parking spaces.
There will be over 1,000 cycle spaces. Previously announced plans for Cycle Highway 4 from Tower Bridge originally saw a cycle lane end in Woolwich. It was cut back to Greenwich, then a subsequent scheme announced between Greenwich and Woolwich, though it would end at the ferry roundabout and not link to this site nor a £1.2 million segregated lanes recently built between Woolwich and Plumstead – with around a 500 metre gap.
That could well now be linked as part of Covid-19 measures with a lane passing these towers – but Greenwich Council are giving absolutely no details.
A lane on Woolwich High Street wouldn’t benefit new residents too much as they could head to the riverside then join the planned lane at the ferry roundabout – though it would be awkward and mean cajoling with roundabout traffic entering and exiting the ferry.
New measures would certainly appeal to resident especially with much cycle parking facing Woolwich High Road, and residents in, say, Plumstead, could use a linked lane directly from the town to Woolwich, Charlton and Greenwich (or beyond) without having to divert off to the river, which as pleasant as it often is, is not direct or convenient for all.