Work on a new block of housing featuring 59 flats at the former site of Greenwich police station is now rising.
Plans were approved in July 2020. I popped over to see progress, which has been a limited luxury over the past year.
There’s some art deco touches as a nod to neighbouring Greenwich borough halls and the former Greenwich Town Hall.
Modest touches mind, and not a patch on the quality seen at the former Town Hall, completed in 1939 and home to Greenwich borough council before the merger of Greenwich and Woolwich boroughs in 1965 who settled at Woolwich Town Hall.
Backstreets here feature an interesting mix of architectural styles, including this fine post-war council housing block next door:
The block is named after Greenwich’s twin town of Maribor in Slovenia. Much more can be seen about the history of this block and surrounds at the excellent Municipal Dreams here.
There’s also a Maribor Park in Woolwich – which is temporary and will be partly built upon.
That’s a future controversy right there – wait and see.
Anyway, back to Greenwich and new homes are from developer St James. The “affordable” housing total is 30%, which falls below Greenwich Council’s target of 35%. Half the “affordable” homes being shared ownership units and half being London affordable rent units. Again that ratio fails Greenwich’s test.
Yet another example of public land being sold – this time by the Met – with a low ratio of “affordable” housing on site.
Work is underway on scruffy Greenwich Housing Department land next door.
Scaffolding surround long neglected buildings. However, Greenwich have a track record of conducting building work when absolutely necessary and still ignoring public space.
As is sadly typical of Greenwich Council, they have not uploaded the Section 106 agreement to their planning portal yet. Before planning was approved their job agency GLLaB was in line for £59,000 but there was no figure on totals for local improvements. Thus the scope of work at next door’s estate is unknown.
I spent a few hours this week heading around the borough to document changes, which will be featured in coming posts. This costs money and takes time, so if you want to help donate to the site please do.
I’m a private renter paying high rents so any help is much appreciated.