Consultation is due soon on plans for 83 new homes at a site close to Falconwood station.
Meridian Homes are behind the project at Shepherds Leas which will see all 83 homes for rent at 65 per cent market rate.
The site is car-free for most except 8 disabled spaces. Given the location is a minute’s walk from a high-frequency station and bus routes this makes sense.
Often when this site highlights new housing some comments on parking pop up, forgetting that many younger people in London – who will move into homes like this – do not drive.
If someone really is wedded to their car, simply don’t move to a car-free development.
There are many people who would be happy to live one minute from a station that takes them to various locations quickly and easily.
Mind you, using the underground emblem for a national rail Southeastern station gets that pedantic itch going. If it was a tube station fares would be cheaper than on Southeastern for one thing.
The site is currently vacant but contains 18 homes.
Greenwich Council purchased the site from Crown Estates and offloading management to Hyde Housing Association. It is rather low density given the excellent public transport links.
The roads and public realm around the site are not great on foot. 456 local people previously called for improvements and Greenwich Council did what they often do, and plead poverty pinning responsibility for improvement onto TfL.
A report for councillors gave the impression that funding was solely down to TfL via the Local Implementation Plan, when in fact most London boroughs top up TfL’s allowance using funs from parking revenue and developer income. Greenwich is one of the very few London boroughs – and bottom in the capital among Labour boroughs – in failing to allocate money from those sources to top-up the fund to improve streets and public space.
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