New Thamesmead housing at Binsey Walk finally moving: Plans to go on show

Peabody have finally got moving on plans for new housing in Thamesmead on a site that has remained vacant for some time beside their new town square and flats.

Binsey Walk lies to the north of Cygnet Square – formerly Tavy Bridge – which will be the heart of many new homes, with shops, amenities and a library.

Binsey Walk during demolition some years ago

However lethargy in building at many nearby sites risks turning the square into a white elephant with little passing footfall.

Binsey Walk render

New homes will sit beside Southmere Lake and offer wonderful views:

Southmere lake – buildings since demolished

The other side isn’t quite so nice sitting beside an elevated dual carriageway and roundabout.

Phase 2 (Binsey Walk) was supposed to start on site over a year ago. It hasn’t yet had consultation let alone a planning application submitted, then approved and work start.

Timeline is a long way behind

Phase 2 will see 329 new homes from Peabody and a low level of “affordable” housing at 35 per cent given this was formerly a public housing estate.

Phase 1 on the way to completion. Delay to surrounding plots hampers viability of commercial units

The masterplan rather oddly had the tallest block across all of this area of Thamesmead located furthest from Abbey Wood station and amenities. Higher density closer to the station surely make most sense.

It’s just one of many Peabody sites either years behind schedule or with no plans.

Demolition long ago completed

Homes on Harrow Manorway were flattened but no consultation or application has followed. Last year Peabody stated they may complete as far away as the late 2030s.

There’s also the former Harrow Inn pub in Abbey Wood. Much like Harrow Manorway its very close to Abbey Wood station and forthcoming Elizabeth Line stations, yet there is no movement. Plans have been approved but nothing has followed in the years since.

Harrow Inn pub site a wasteland for many years now

There’s also land beside the Thames as part of the 2015 Housing Zone. There’s absolutely no plans there.

Housing Zone land. Fenced off to public. No plan to build

If you want to attend a consultation you can in two ways:

Online (Zoom):
Date: 20 April
Time: 6.30 – 8 pm

In person:
Date: 23 April
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Location: The Nest, Cygnet Square,
Thamesmead, SE2 9UH

For information on the zoon session email


Running a site alone takes time and a fair bit of money. Adverts are far from enough to cover it and my living costs as a private renter.

You can support me including via Paypal here

Another option is via Patreon by clicking here

You can also buy me a beer/coffee at Ko-fi here

There's also a Facebook page for the site here

Many thanks

J Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

    4 thoughts on “New Thamesmead housing at Binsey Walk finally moving: Plans to go on show

    • I don’t expect the property adverts to mention the stench that wafts sone mornings. I used to live in one of the old flats and it’s sometimes a stunning view as must rises from the lake but it also stinks.

      On the housing zone front I think it should be kept as is. There’s decade’s of untouched ecological growth that is home to wildlife and trees that we now need for absorbing carbon and promoting ecosystems. That said greenwich council incompetence will be the best tool for preservation for this instance.

    • Why do Peabody and Greenwich Council drag their feet for so long over consultations and planning application when they say new housing is urgent. We are in the middle of a housing crisis.

      Yet both Greenwich Council, Peabody and other housing associations in the Borough are happy to lose large estates of affordable social housing and replace them with homes that are for sale, part buy part rent or manly private rent at market value which most local people cannot afford on their salaries.

      So many sites lay empty for months and years before any consultations and planning applications take place. Also many developers have left planning applications lapse meaning sites remain empty longer while new planning applications are re-submitted.

      I have noticed no work has taken place on the old Morris Walk Estate in Charlton for a few months with just mounds of earth piled up on the site. I was wondering why work had stopped?

    • Sadly it does look like the Morris Walk Estate redevelopment is currently at a standstill. Graham. Not sure when work will commence on the site. Has work on the site stopped due to a planning issue or problems with the developer?

      I hope this will not happen with the Peabody development in Thamesmead. As to his is having a knock on affect with new homes with so many of the old social housing on these sites already demolished.

    • Sadly hundreds of social housing homes (council and housing association) have been demolished
      With the Council’s selling the sites to private developers and replaced with new homes for sale, part buy part rent or let at private tents at market value which many local people cannot afford so are forced to leave the area and move away from family and friends to find affordable housing.

      We need a major social housing building programme in the Borough and a cross the UK.


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.