Morris Walk estate rebuild in Woolwich moves forward
Developers behind a plan to demolish Woolwich estates have submitted a planning application detailing the latest thinking behind proposals for new builds at Morris Walk.
The total number of homes at Morris Walk estate was 552, which will be replaced by 766 new units.
Changes include “increased tree retention, increased child play space, reduction in single aspect homes, an increase in cycle parking and a decrease in car parking”.
A large reduction in social homes is proposed with around 90 per cent social housing on the former estate dropping to 35 per cent “affordable” – with many at higher rent levels. Existing residents can move back, though much like Thamesmead regeneration covered last week, rents will increase over time and future occupants moving to the area will pay more.
Car parking spaces will increase modestly from current levels though below levels planned in 2013. There is no planned Controlled Parking Zone and developers state there will be sufficient capacity despite an average of one space for every two homes.
Given abysmal parking enforcement at many other borough developments – including flagship “car-free” scheme such as Greenwich Millennium Village highlighted regularly by residents – this is one area to watch. Car parking on pavements and spilling into neighbouring areas is possible. An adjacent dual carriageway sees the cycle lane blocked daily as things stand.
Every time I cycle to retail area there are cars parked in that cycle lane… pic.twitter.com/JBQ0bIo6vR
— Bradley (@livefromlondon1) October 2, 2020
These plans see an increase in cycle spaces from 1,472 to 1,146, though they require a usable and safe network of lanes.
The site is located near a flagship cycle route planned alongside Woolwich Church Street dual carriageway – though whether the full scheme ever progresses is now unknown.
In the short term cyclists will have to share a lane with buses. Not something that is likely to appeal to tentative newcomers to cycling.
These documents are not a full application for this site. . It’s to seek feedback from the council before detailed plans are submitted – and are long awaited.
Greenwich Council announced plans to rebuild a decade ago after first considering demolition nearly 15 years back. They announced a partnership with developer Lovells eight years ago to demolish three Woolwich estates.
Only Connaught estate is nearing completion, with Marrion Grove estate intended to follow Morris Walk.
A detailed planning application is expected imminently.
Click here to view these new planning documents.