An online event this evening saw some of the first images released of planned housing at Falconwood.
The block is pretty utilitarian and the colouring doesn’t entirely convince, though it’s hard to get too worked up about.
Detailing is decent enough in places, though ultimately what we have is a box.
Instead of what appears to be grey render, brick on certain facades would be more contextual. This isn’t great:
Greenwich Council’s off-shoot developer Meridian are behind the plans which would see rented homes at 65 per cent market rate. Not as low as social housing (typically around 40 per cent), but this is the the type of homes that me and my family might have half a shout of getting.
We currently rent privately and it would offer a decent discount. With no wealthy parents to support us which seems to only way for many to buy these day, and demand for social housing so great we would never reach the top of the list. Hence Meridian offer a decent shout.
And unlike private renting, they’d be stability without a private landlord being able to evict at any time. Not great with a child.
I’m sure these plans will see cries from those lucky enough to be in secure social housing or homeowners who once again state “we don’t need homes” when they really mean is they don’t need a home. Lucky for them.
It’s incredibly frustrating to hear people comfortably off stating things like that – and it happens time and again unfortunately catching the ear of some politicians who fail to see the wider good of certain new housing.
It’s mainly car free. Not a problem given it’s about 30 seconds to bus stops and Falconwood railway station with frequent trains to various areas of London.
If you have a car, don’t move there. Simple as that. I’d be happy there.