Proposals to build 17 homes look set to be approved if Greenwich planner’s guidance is followed next week.
Councillors will decide at a meeting on Tuesday 7th September on the plan.
The Speranza Street site formerly housed a leisure centre until it was merged with Plumstead library at a new site next door.
Rent rates are London Affordable Rent and homes will be managed by Greenwich Council.
There will be 14 car parking spaces for 17 homes – a high level for new London developments.
Parking spaces trump extra homes despite the borough footing millions in costs with 1400 in emergency and temporary housing – a figure that is rising sharply with many families unintentionally made homeless being housed many miles from London.
One bay of seven parking spots could accommodate a house or two with modest redesign, but parking takes precedence.
Parking also appears to trump play space with the report stating:
“The total area of play space proposed is 118m2 (ages 0-11) with a total requirement of 265m2.
The shortfall of 147m2 (12+) is proposed to be mitigated by a financial contribution of £10,000 which would go towards the provision of suitable play equipment/ playspace enhancements for children aged 12+.
Given that Winn Common and St Nicholas Gardens are within 0.4 miles of the site and would provide alternative playspace within a suitable walking distance, these mitigation measures would be acceptable.”
However it’s a steep hill to Winn Common and St Nicholas Gardens has chronic problems with anti-social behaviour.
One reader has regularly emailed the site highlighting various issues and how authorities have not responded. Fights, aggression from some groups and sex workers using the area (amid other issues) are long-standing issues.
With a large number of bus routes and a rail station at the other end of Plumstead High Street, are the council again ignoring their constant reports on going green and sustainability with this level of parking?
The option to limit parking to those who are disabled and car club spots is ignored.
There’s 35 cycle spaces and money for training, so people can buy a bike, train and then give up when they see the numerous cars illegally parked on Plumstead High Street.
The proposed development includes 2 x 1-bed homes, 10×2-bed and 5 x 4-bedroom units.