A planning application has been submitted by Skillcrown Homes to build 36 flats and new commercial units in Eltham town centre on Pound Place.
The location is near Sainsbury’s car park entrance in a long disused building that housed Stacks. In the past it also housed a Tesco.
The current building has failed to find any retail occupant for some time and is difficult to convert to housing, as the above photograph shows with its extensive brick exterior. Any conversion would involve stripping back to the concrete frame.
The design is pretty modest and I like the large black-framed corner windows, with more than a hint towards industrial design. Recessed balconies are also welcome. 36 flats of new occupants will also assist local shops with new custom.
It’s hard to see how many could object given the current building is far from attractive, hard to let, and a replacement will provide much needed homes and assist local shops.
Additionally it will bring in income to the local authority which could be allocated to health, schooling, parks and other areas. Whether related income from Section 106, the Community Infrastructure Levy and New Homes Bonus funds does is down to Greenwich Council.
Income also offers a chance to spruce up Pound Place and assist local business such as Cafe Dee, the Fabulous Tea Room and Aromateaco cafe.
Where there will be justified objections is the low level of “affordable” housing. Developers proposed 3 social rent and 1 shared ownership unit. This equates to just 11% affordable housing which is far below the 35 per cent minimum requirement.
Parking levels are low as would be expected in a town centre location. It’s hardly a problem given target occupants will be younger people for whom less and less drive. Public transport links are excellent.
It’s certainly the case that no one who moves will be unaware of parking restrictions.
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