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.
ShedKM are the architects behind the project between Tuskar Street and Woodland Grove
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lick of paint wouldn’t go amiss and a tree or two.
Click here to view planning documents.