Woolwich Riverside House residential conversion bumped back up to 209 flats

Another application has been made to convert Woolwich’s Riverside House to flats shortly after other plans were submitted.

This latest plan seeks 209 flats after a prior application sought 199 units back in 2018.

Last month it had reduced it to 182.

It is currently used as temporary art studios by Set Space.

Entrance to site

As an application under permitted rights, a full submission is not needed and approval is a formality providing some pretty basic boxes are ticked.

These relate to transport and highway impacts, contamination, flood risks and noise.

No affordable homes need be provided under Permitted Rights, nor any Section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy payment to mitigate development.

The site was previously owned by Greenwich Council until sold in 2017.

Rather than use it to house people in emergency and temporary accommodation (now around 1,400 funded by the authority), or the waiting list (above 23,000), Greenwich Council sold it to a company which now sees no “affordable” housing.

The plan from 2018 fell apart after a leading figure in that scheme was jailed when he crashed a car driving on cocaine causing brain injuries to a passenger. The company entered administration. He died earlier this year.

Click here to view the latest submission.


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    2 thoughts on “Woolwich Riverside House residential conversion bumped back up to 209 flats

    • Just another tale of BRG Council’s “brilliance”! It’s truly magnificent, they way the squander public assets! One has to wonder, how such a slimy backhanded deal was allowed to be struck? In some parts of the World, such incompetence would get the entire cabal thrown into jail, and government oversight would have to manage the Burrough’s business, until more competent managers could be found!

    • @ Paul SuperUnkown You are not wrong .

      Riverside House would have made an ideal location for the Council to convert in to affordable social housing for local people from the Boroughs housing waiting list as the building was already own by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


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