Eltham town centre council housing: Greenwich Council submit plans

An application to build 40 council homes just off Eltham High Street has been submitted.

Greenwich Council consulted on plans in October 2020 (covered here) for the site on Orangery Lane.

Small open space

ShedKM are behind the design. Award winning and much praised plots designed by Peter Barber have given way to ShedKM designs at various plots which have met a far more tepid reception.

Overview of site

This design is better than some, and has a distinct 1980s appearance in places. It’s a sensitive site given the Grade II listed Orangery sits beside.

Orangery in 1928 and today

Cliefden House is also Grade II listed. Here it is both before and after ground floor space was converted to commercial usage:

1919 image above

The site has parking for blue badge holders. There are excellent public transport links nearby. One concern expressed locally is people will still park nearby, and given very poor enforcement this could present problems.

Modular construction should ensure it rises quickly if approved. This will go a small way to meeting ever growing need, but with households placed in emergency accommodation rising by over 100 in just a couple of months to 1446, it barely scratches the surface. That is in addition to 20,000 on the council waiting list. The growing costs of this are stark to public finances.

Housing budget overruns due to emergency housing need seen every few months in council reports
Increase in use of temporary accomodation

Since March 2020, the number had risen by November 2020 from 1046 to 1446.

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2 thoughts on “Eltham town centre council housing: Greenwich Council submit plans

  • The new Council housing will be very much welcomed. I quiet like the design of the development and agree it is ideally placed for the High street and public transport.

    I did actually comment on the Orangery Lane consultation in support of the development.

  • I am very much for the development of truly affordable housing in our communities, but given the foodbank was kicked out to facilitate this project, we have to be more vigilant than ever that this site is used appropriately.


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