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Plan submitted for new council homes in east Greenwich

Plans have been submitted by Greenwich Council to build 32 new council homes in east Greenwich.

Plans were consulted upon in May (see here for a post at the time) after a sheltered housing scheme containing 40 units was demolished.

Demolished

ShedKM are the architects behind the project between Tuskar Street and Woodland Grove

Location

New homes are contextual in terms of massing and mirror existing building heights in the area. It’s welcome to see after previous council housing plans at Plumstead saw very low density housing in an area of housing need.

A PR piece is going around about that development at the moment proclaiming its zero carbon credentials. The News Shopper dutifully copied it. It doesn’t mention that zero carbon mid-density housing could have been built on site to house more people from the ever growing housing waiting list. Much of the site has been given over to car parking.

Plumstead plans saw low rise homes set among mid-high density buildings, depriving people in need of a home

It’s welcome to also see successive plans such as Kidbrooke (covered last week) give more space to much needed housing.

One reason previously given for low-rise housing in built up areas such as Plumstead was the need for homes to be accessible to the disabled, though apartment blocks can accommodate disabled residents.

Views of east Greenwich homes

At this site plans state: “All apartment blocks have been given step-free access for use by wheelchair users and site levels have been mediated with falls to enable this”.

Homes are also suitable for wheelchair users.

Rooms are of good size and “the houses have been designed to comply with or exceed the technical housing standards within the Nationally Described Space Standards.”

Compare that to plans to sell public land to Pocket Living for tiny homes on the borderline of legality.

Transport

The development is predominantly car free except for disabled residents. The site is near a number of bus routes and Maze Hill station where other council homes are being built.

There are concerns about residents parking anyway in local streets so this is another area where enforcement will need to be stepped up.

64 cycle places are to be provided.

Existing council housing beside this site is very tatty. Could that at least be given a spruce up? Long term neglect doesn’t bode well for new homes.

Next door

A lick of paint wouldn’t go amiss and a tree or two.

Click here to view planning documents.

7 Comments

  1. Derek Small

    A lick of paint and a tree or two would make a world of difference, why don’t councils get off their bums and visit some of these places?? It doesn’t take much expend to make someone proud of where they live and that pride helps maintain the environment to a higher level.

  2. Ashley

    Good to see more Council housing for the ever growing housing waiting list.

    Existing estates do require rejuvenation, trees, landscaping and maybe new paving etc.

  3. I glimpsed the hoarding as I drove along Trafalar Road last week. I like the look of the development and it’s good to learn that the rooms will be of a reasonable size, but 32 homes is paltry in the face of the massive waiting list.

  4. Derek Small

    32 is a start, and 32 decent homes better than 320 crap ones. People deserve a decent place to live not a shoebox breeding crime

    • Greenwich council is not building homes of any density, so 32 is hardly anything to write home about, room sizes notwithstanding. The council has to stop selling off its land to big developer and start spending those section 106 receipts on a big new homes building programme as well as decently renovating the existing stock.

  5. CDT

    These new council homes will be very much welcome in East Greenwich. I agree with Derek Smal Ashley and anonymous201481.

    Now Greenwifh Council need to find a large site with in the Borough of Greenwich to build a larger estate of houses with gardens/outside space which will better suit familes with children.

    I agree older council estates do need rejuvenation and older council homes do need to be upgraded and made more energy efficient to help reduce fuel poverty.

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