Plans for a 30-storey tower beside Trinity Laban in Deptford is due to be decided by Lewisham Council’s planning committee tomorrow (Tuesday 17th November).
Another 26-floor block is proposed beside the taller tower. The site ownership is split three ways between Lewisham Council who formerly had a depot on site, developer Kitewood and Trinity Laban who had a car park on the western strip of land.
Earlier plans for a new bridge are nowhere to be seen. Lewisham seems to have gained a poor deal given that they posses a large chunk of land on site. In November 2016 the Council’s Mayor and Cabinet gave approval to the disposal of land in return for just 16 flats on a 250 year lease out of 393 proposed and a payment of £500,000.
Aside from that there is no housing which meets the truly affordable level. The developers have responded to GLA criticism over “affordable” housing by increasing shared ownership from10 to 15% – still well below Lewisham borough expected levels. There are 59 shared ownership flats which often require substantial incomes given rent is payable on top of a mortgage plus service charges. Lewisham planners state anymore would make the project “unviable”. The council’s report states “this would not meet the Council’s definition of genuinely affordable
housing” yet recommends approval.
A previous plan in 2016 that did not include Lewisham Council and Trinity Laban land was rejected.
This plot sits right at the borough boundary between Greenwich and Lewisham. Greenwich gave approval for a tower block which completed recently.
Trinity Laban are to receive new buildings in return for selling their car park.
A new Creekside walkway is proposed which would extend new space outside Union Wharf.
Hopefully this one does actually open. Over the other side of the creek a public walkway remains shuttered years after completion.
Earlier designs showed design flair that had been removed in later iterations.
In its place is a tower that is prominently dark grey and could well prove extremely overbearing in this location.
A decision should be made on the application tomorrow night. Click here to view reports on the scheme.
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