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.
However lethargy in building at many nearby sites risks turning the square into a white elephant with little passing footfall.
New homes will sit beside Southmere Lake and offer wonderful views:
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s also land beside the Thames as part of the 2015 Housing Zone. There’s absolutely no plans there.
If you want to attend a consultation you can in two ways:
Date: 20 April
Time: 6.30 – 8 pm
Date: 23 April
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Location: The Nest, Cygnet Square,
Thamesmead, SE2 9UH
For information on the zoon session email ThamesmeadNow@peabody.org.uk