Plans have been submitted to construct 431 homes on Greenwich Peninsula after pervious plans ground to a halt.
The site was consulted upon in April this year – covered here – after plans approved four and a half years ago in January 2017 didn’t proceed.
Revised plans in April 2021 saw an increase in homes from 281 to 431 with a corresponding decrease in design quality.
Simple blocks replaced recessed frontages and varied massing in plans revealed during consultation.
This latest application doesn’t change that to any great degree.
The top floor of some buildings have a balustrade of metalwork. The two taller buildings are 17 and 20 storeys with two lower buildings of 12 storeys.
Street levels with see commercial units to bring like to the area.
Just this past week Greenwich Council’s Cabinet member for transport has expressed concerns about traffic in the area and how it will be handled.
Quite why so little emphasis has been placed on that for over a decade remains a mystery as plan after plan in the area was submitted and approved.
Goodness knows it’s been highlighted on this site – and among many comments – that limiting parking at developments alongside allocating money from developments towards transport with improved pedestrian and cycling links for new residents can combat car dependency.
Time and time again Greenwich Council have refused to invest in improved public realm between the Peninsula, Charlton shops and east Greenwich.
I think my first posts highlighting awful links for those on foot towards amenities in east Greenwich were about eight years ago. Many of those areas are still terrible, as possible funding streams were never used.
It’s not just walking and cycling that’s lacking, as no money was allocated to a new rapid bus link long talked about.
The plan now is for a truncated Greenwich Rapid Transit from Thamesmead ending in Woolwich instead of North Greenwich – though TfL are to see severe cuts so it looks unlikely as while new developments could partly assist with capital funding, the remaining capital funds and operational funding would be limited.
One possible source for improvements now is using parking income. Another measure that should have long ago been utilised but the department has been a shambles for many years. This site would annually cover their income and budget misses.
The authority have now finally begun to address it alongside moving traffic violations, with resulting income ringfenced to transport. It is estimated that over £40 million will be received in four years that can be reinvested in transport projects.