Plans are in for a new block comprising commercial space and seven flats on Griffin Road near Plumstead station.
The site is currently home to Café Deluxe:
The site is also beside the terminal of the 53 bus. It’s not an area with much natural surveillance, and has seen some serious and violent crimes in recent years.
In keeping with the general area, public realm here is pretty tired:
Welcome to Plumstead:
The application states “Plumstead has suffered from historic under investment and there is no current area-specific policy guiding its future.”
This isn’t correct, though you probably wouldn’t know it. In 2015 Greenwich begun drawing up a plan for the area. Since then little has been heard for some years when it comes to much of the framework, either in public or in council reports.
Certain ideas to upgrade the general area in the Plumstead area framework havn’t really gone anywhere since 2016.
Earlier this month Greenwich Council’s Planning Board approved plans for 330 homes not too far away but declined to allocate any money towards improving this area and walking links towards Thamesmead.
In the process they also ignored a number of their own reports and Transport for London guidance.
Improvements on links to Plumstead station and shops were almost entirely overlooked.
They opted not to use millions of income forthcoming from these projects to advance aims in their own report.
There has been no update in any council meeting for some years now on the status of any area improvements.
The council continues to produce reports stating walking and cycling is a priority.
Click here to view the planning application.