There’s some sites that upon passing you think ‘how is that not yet developed?’
Speedy hire in east Greenwich is one of them.
Well, that’s question is now answered as a plan is in to build a block of 58 flats on site along Woolwich Road.
It’s currently low rise and set back from the pavement edge in an area of various residential homes.
Blocks at each end see a colonnade run between and set backs at upper floors.
Three units are proposed at street level. Affordable housing is below Greenwich targets at just 21% by unit basis and 23% on a room basis.
The location is closed to one of the ugliest and worst designed areas of public realm in Greenwich.
A chance to remove some clutter and plant some trees?
The application states: “The proposals include enhancements to Woolwich Road comprising hard and soft landscaping for the enjoyment of both future occupants of the proposed development and the public.”
I fear they’ll be some token benches stuck outside the immediate building and that’ll be your lot.
It appears trees directly outside have now vanished as plans revised:
In terms of where income from the developer paid to Greenwich will be spent, discussions are ongoing with council staff: “The draft Heads of Terms is ongoing through discussions with Officers to ensure that the development is wholly acceptable”.
The local area’s streets aren’t particularly attractive or green:
Earlier today I was looking up how developer income was spent in other borough’s with some using income for tree planting programs:
Then again, Brent collected £27 million from developers in 2019/20 from the Community Infrastructure Levy while Greenwich only managed £1.3 million. Before that Brent obtained £63 million since 2015 while Greenwich just £8.7 million. Both saw roughly similar levels of development and affordable homes in that time.
When it comes to public realm, Greenwich allocated just £3,300 from £3.2 million in the latest figures using Section 106 funds. Yes, that wasn’t a typo. Just over three grand from £3.2 million.
A temporary cycle lane now passes the site, and the development would include 138 secure cycle parking for residents and visitors.
A loss of 344 sqm of commercial floorspace is in place, with 890 sqm of commercial floorspace included.
The freehold of the site is owned by Gralaw Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lawford & Sons Ltd) who leased the unit to Speedy Hire.
Click here to view the plan on Greenwich Council’s planning portal.