Plans are in to convert designated office space to housing at a newly constructed estate in Charlton.
Victoria Way saw 330 homes recently complete with one block named Walsh House on Victoria Way itself was supposed to be office space.
Developer Fairview claim they had no takers, and so now seek to create eight flats.
The development was contentious upon approval, and in 2021 as it was approaching completion I took a fair number of photos around the site intending to do a post.
I never got around to it as it didn’t seem particularly interesting architecturally.
It’s mostly boxes and tacked-on balcony’s. Fairview aren’t known for design flair.
Alas, I do have photos of various areas. There’s a far bit of surface level parking; with 144 spaces in total across the site.
For an area projected to see quite a bit more traffic in coming years due to Silvertown Tunnel, permitting extensive car parking isn’t going to help too much with congestion.
Recently I covered how registered cars in Greenwich borough has increased quickly and far above many other London boroughs. This kind of estate is why.
Parking is more akin to what is expected out in a Kent town rather than near zone 2 and 3 tube and rail stations.
Bear in mind this has only just completed and approved in 2018. It was years and years ago.
The main entrance is lined with parking.
I couldn’t see any evidence whatsoever that any improvements had been made to pedestrian facilities in the area. This has prompted me to look at the final Section 106 agreement, and it paints a sorry picture that again ignores many stated aims of the authority.
Crumbling estates are also seen nearby.
Why is this? Well, Greenwich Council allocated just £10,000 for pedestrian improvements in the area under the Section 106 agreement.
However they managed to allocate GLLaB £339,990.
Yet more evidence all those reports encouraging walking seen over the past decade have never really been backed up with action and money.
Community Infrastructure Levy income was also very low as Greenwich set one of the smallest rates on developers in London.
They like to state the Planning Inspector forced them to have such a low levy, which is a nonsense for most of the borough including this area.
The end result is local estates, streets and public services have all missed out.