A Zoom presentation held tonight(25 March) by developer London Square offered an insight into plans for 1,400 homes on Millennium Retail Park. The site includes the car park beside Greenwich Ikea and B&Q, alongside the B&Q site itself.
London Square’s Adam Johnston made it clear this is in early stages. The presentation revealed discussions are ongoing with Sainsbury’s to possibly include that in the scheme. Talks are also ongoing with B&Q about taking on a new smaller commercial unit.
Representatives from London Square mentioned the possibility of a “High Street” along the bus-only road seen below:
A green shield was highlighted which would face the A102. Some early ideas were shown with a green wall in front of building. This raises the issue of natural light into flats.
In terms of access to Westcombe Park station and nearby shops in Charlton information seemed lacking:
The red arrows include links to GMV and back streets, but these are hardly likely to be main destinations for many residents or the most direct route to the station. Shops and stations will be.
Andy Ford spoke of talking to TfL on public realm, though the majority of streets here are Greenwich Council controlled. That includes Bugsby’s Way and Peartree Way. It’s a little concerning talks with Greenwich were not mentioned when they maintain almost all surrounding roads. TfL of course have a say, but Greenwich would need to push for improvements.
They highlighted affordable housing at 35 per cent:
In terms of the future use of the 1,000-space car park they will mostly remain and be located mainly below an elevated garden. There’s an aim to reduce car parking in time. This would see car parking spaces repurposed.
There was a question on Ikea’s requirement with 1,000 parking spaces at present shared between shops and cinema. No firm numbers were given on how many Ikea seek to retain. Given their stance on “sustainaibility” this could be an awkward point to them.
Buildings across the site will top out at 20-floors facing the “High Street”:
In terms of parking, there will be no permits for residents. They mentioned controlled parking zones nearby restricting people parking in nearby areas, though this requires Greenwich to enforce – and parking in the area is often still a mess in controlled areas. years after homes have completed at other sites and they seem unable to get on top of it. Another 1,400 homes will not help without additional staff to enforce.
There was mention of heat pumps for energy which is an increasingly common method. at developments.
Further details on the development can be seen here. Further consultations will be held before an application submitted. London Square are looking to submit an application later this year, with a five year construction period.