Plans are in for redevelopment of The Bird’s Nest pub site in Deptford.
The Creekside venue would see 31 homes constructed on site either side of the existing building.
Initial plans saw buildings of nine storeys:
This was later reduced to five floors after it was there were “concerns regarding the proposed scale and height of the development.
The site development needs to respond contextually to the scale and character of the immediate streetscene and the wider conservation area.”
That was revised further towards the final submitted plan.
So-called “affordable” housing is just 13 per cent.
Public realm in the area is pretty awful and something Lewisham council should work to address given a number of developments in the immediate area.
Community Infrastructure Levy income to Lewisham Council will total £198,520. Lewisham’s rate here is £100 per square metre before indexation.
It was also recommended: “the southern end of the Bird’s Nest Public House is opened up to provide views towards the Creek.”
Provides significantly improved amenity space which opens up Deptford Creek.
Other Deptford creek developments have promised to open up space for the public then remained gated to the public ever since.
The application provides a brief history of the site, with the pub formerly known as the Oxford Arms.
It states “The venue has been a hub for music and art since the 16th century when Deptford Theatre was attached to the pub.
In the latter half of the 20th century the pub evolved into a renowned international music and arts venue. The pub continues to be a hub within the community for artists and musicians hosting not only live music events but also art exhibitions and visual art installations.
Over recent years the pub and the surrounding sites have become a locale for creative businesses.
The pub recently fell into administration however the local community and businesses continue to work to keep the pub open with the existing tenant for the benefit of the local community.”
Street views within the application show proximity to new flats under construction nearby:
Other developments approved nearby include 209 homes at the former Tidemill school site and housing block alongside:
And towers beside Trinity Laban:
And that’s just the Lewisham borough side of the creek. A number of major plans have been approved on the Greenwich side, where developer pay a lower rate to the authority from the Community Infrastructure Levy at £70 v £100.
One of these is Saxon wharf. Plans appear to be in the process of being revised, and will be covered on this site as details emerge.
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