Greenwich planners are recommending approval for a further increase in homes at the Kidbrooke Village masterplan site.
This increase would take homes planned at future plots to 1,306. That is compared to original plans for around 900 which was then increased to over 1,200.
Overall the masterplan site has risen by more than 20 per cent since inception from 4,000 homes to over 5,300.
Parking will comprise of 428 resident car parking spaces and 28 visitor spaces.
This will place additional pressure on the adjacent A2 junction – which was forecast to see a congestion increase in TfL modelling for Silvertown Tunnel even before these new revisions and other developments in the vicinity.
“Affordable” housing totals 38.5 per cent though most is shared-ownership which requires a mortgage, additional rent then service charges. The split of the affordable units will be 151 (30%) “Affordable” Rent and 352 (70%) Shared Ownership.
Greenwich Housing Department themselves stated that the ratio is the wrong way round and not “in line with Core Strategy requirement, which should be 352 Rented units and 151 Shared Ownership units”.
Developer Berkely Homes last week announced an increased average profit margin across new homes from 31.3% to 33.2% per unit.
The Blackheath Society noted that all “affordable” homes are to be located in one block on the “fringes of the Masterplan area furthest away from the Village Centre and with a less direct access to the bus and rail services focussed on the Hub”.
Cycle parking will total 2,403 spaces. Greenwich’s current refusal to engage on funding bids means we know little detail about any new protected cycle lanes. A map shows little more than lines near the A2 which already exist:
The nearby route goes through Birdbrook nature reserve then through underpasses under the A2. It’s also not directly through or beside Kidbrooke Village and is rather secluded. Major roads through the site were built with no protected cycle lanes:
Lack of cycle lanes continues to the north over the railway past a number of sites that would appeal to residents on a bike – if cycling was safe.
Things aren’t any better heading south:
You can add all the cycle parking in the world but if lanes aren’t well designed, if in place at all, many won’t cycle.
The less said about junctions in the area the better. Both north and south are very poor:
There’s a small amount of segregated lane past one junction which abruptly stops before the next beside anew Aldi supermarket.
When it comes to rail the current situation means all bets are off, though Berkeley Homes claim in the application that 1,300 new flats would produce just 66 more morning peak time train users across the entire peak period.
Even now with a pressing need to reduce car usage with public transport out of bounds, GLLaB takes the cake again for incoming funds. With Section 106 income, £302,000 extra is allocated to GLLaB.
Other elements may see an increase in funding allocation but there is no set figure listed. The list does not mention public realm and transport will see no more cash as the 335 bus already runs. The list is:
“GLLaB; cultural strategy; emergency services; public safety improvements; environmental health; waste disposal and recycling facilities; community facilities; education; social services; primary health care; bus improvements to be extended to cover this development.”
It’s car-centric with some nods towards sustainable transport but when it comes to action, it’s lacking yet again in these plans.
Awful junctions around the site mean even if a bike through the park is nice, getting anywhere for work or leisure not an appealing prospect and remain offputting to most upon hitting main roads. Same old, same old. Even a global pandemic can’t change that.