A consultation is underway for new council homes in Kidbrooke at a site opposite Aldi and near Kidbrooke station.
The scheme consists of:
- 117 new homes across four buildings set amidst a new landscape.
- A nursery within one of the buildings for both new residents and local Kidbrooke residents.
These plans are, for me at least, a welcome step away from very low density homes previously seen in many Greenwich council proposals and now provides a sizeable number of housing to alleviate an ever growing housing list and lower costs to taxpayers through housing people in private lettings at vast cost.
The main tower block is pretty uninspiring. I wouldn’t mind it being taller and slimmer with more elegant massing. The rest of the plan though is impressive and a step beyond the mundane so often seen.
I’m sure many NIMBY’s will complain, yet they are usually lucky enough to know where they’ll be living in six months. That’s not something afforded to ever more people as they are shunted from short term private letting to short term private letting, disrupting work, school and social lives.
The impact of that on children, families, wider communities and taxpayers can barely be understated. It’s costing us all vast sums with private landlords the only beneficiary.
A third of right to buy homes that were sold are now private buy to let at up to three times the monthly rent cost of a social home. That’s too expensive for many – even on decent wages – and at a national levels housing benefit payments to private landlords tops £8 billion a year. At a local level Greenwich Council are having to regularly top up budgets by millions. The last was £2.9 million a few months ago:
Remember that’s on top of annually budgeted amounts which far exceed £2.9 million.
With ever fewer plots in council possession maximises what is there is key. Many previous proposals badly wasted land – including four small houses at a decent plot in Plumstead.
This proposal is far better in terms of scale.
Click here to view plans in the consultation.