Plans to extend upwards a Charlton block of flats

An application has been made to add additional floors above an existing block of flats on Victoria Way in Charlton.

Recently introduced permitted rights rules now allow building owners to add additional floors if a building is at least three floors in height. The original block was built over a decade ago which also meets criteria for extending.

The rule change means those living on the top floor of many blocks have little say, and is something to consider if buying a flat in an existing block. Many previous planning requirements have been ditched.

A document submitted to Greenwich Council states:

“The building is exactly the sort of building and site that the new legislation was created for, and it meets the criteria set out under the new Town and Country (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 for the addition of two floors.”

Extra floors on top of Woolwich block

In recent months other similar plans have been made in Woolwich and east Greenwich.

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One thought on “Plans to extend upwards a Charlton block of flats

  • Planning laws have gone mad. I thought it was all about the effect on the existing ‘street scene’. There is a nice terrace of Victorian / Edwardian houses opposite and to the right of the site which will be completely overshadowed by the increase in height.

    And not forgetting the existing residents. You buy a flat based on the original plan. You don’t expect the block to be doubled in size sometime in the future or having to spend x months living under a building site. This should be rejected.


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