The current site and car wash will be demolished with 272 homes set to be built on site.
Once complete, the vets will move back into a new home within the development.
Plans for 272 homes were approved in December 2018 on appeal at City Hall. You can read about that here.
The developer will pay £1.3 million to Greenwich Council via the Community Infrastructure Levy.
However of that £1.3 million, just £50k has been allocated to the long neglected Abbey Wood estate which sits opposite and beside the site.
That £50,000 was a late goodwill gesture from the developer as Greenwich Council planners failed to allocate a single penny to the forgotten 3000-home estate during discussions as to how income should be spent.
Of course, that’s when they pay the authority. Greenwich have seemingly been failing to ask for millions of pounds over recent years despite high levels of development. I the most recent data, they were bottom for collecting CIL out of any London borough, and over the past five years are tens of million below councils in London that actually have seen lower levels of development.
Even accounting for different levels of rates in different authorities, the difference is vast and so far, unexplained.
TfL’s explanation for low rates doesn’t seem to apply in Greenwich, given housebuilding and new retail in areas such as the o2 put the borough in the top five boroughs in London.
Borough CIL rates levied on developments are also not that much different to many other London boroughs. Not enough to put the authority last at any rate, and located so far behind.
Many complaints regarding new developments follow a pattern of “what about doctors” or “what about parks” and so on from new residents. Well, millions are there for improved services associated with new builds, but it takes the authority to at least collect them, and then spend it to the benefit of local people.