Consultation on 40 council homes beside Eltham High Street

A consultation is underway looking into 40 new council homes off Orangery Lane in Eltham.

New homes

The plot extends from Orangery Lane towards the High Street beside BT’s seven storey telephone exchange. The other side of the plot saw Greenwich Council reject plans for housing.

The area has long been listed as suitable for new housing in the Eltham Masterplan.


In terms of design we have ShedKM as architects, who are behind another recently approved block in Eltham.

Recently approved

The Orangery Lane development has very 1970-80s tiling/bricks detailing at ground floor level.

1970s-80s design references – see raised planter

40 homes will go a small way to alleviating housing problems, with the numbers of people registering as homeless reaching ever greater high, and the total waiting list nearing 20,000. Homeless families are currently being housed in expensive temporary accommodation – with some extremely costly short term properties acquired.

Viewed from Sainsburys car park

Additional homes will also bring more custom to beleaguered High Streets. Another development near Sainsbury’s was recently submitted. Click here to read about that.

Click here to view plans for the Orangery Lane site.



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5 thoughts on “Consultation on 40 council homes beside Eltham High Street

  • Again, I am disappointed by the smallness of the council’s ambition in comparison to the scale of the rejected private development.

    The waiting list will never be significantly reduced until Greenwich scales up its own building plans, stop flogging ‘public’ land to private developers and demands a higher quotient of so-called affordable units.

  • I’ve always thought that the distance from town to railway is a bit of a problem…one solution would be larger car parking and maybe a bike scheme a la London…as housing is going to be increased in the centre. People could bike down to the station and then bike up to the central area in the evening..assuming they work in Central London….
    Eltham is fortunate in that it has existing car parks close to the town centre

    • My family home was close to a station and I have always lived within a short walking distance of one. The nearest was two minutes and my present home is five minutes’ walk. I no longer work, but have appointments in Central London on a regular basis and wouldn’t want to be far away from a station.

  • I agree anonymous 201481 living close to a railway station is a real asset for residents who commute or have to travel by train several times a week or month.

    Many home buyers also take in to account how far the station is from the property when looking for a new home. I think this will become even more important if the congestion charge comes to Greenwich and Woolwich.

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