Plans are in to demolish a toilet block on Beresford Square in Woolwich for a new market pavilion.
This latest application follows a recent submission for wide-ranging changes to Beresford Square.
Funding comes from the Future High Streets government scheme.
The building will see Greenwich Council “appoint an operator to run the day to day business of the pavilion. It is envisioned that the commercial offer from the pavilion will be food and beverage. It may operate as a social enterprise”.
Toilets are planned within the new structure.
Images show plentiful landscaping, which is fine as long as it’s maintained.
The authority has a pretty poor record for doing so in the immediate area and from east to west of the borough after multi-million pound projects.
See the state of Abbey Wood around Crossrail to spaces in east Greenwich.
The last multi-million Beresford Square upgrade was a decade ago – and was poorly maintained from the beginning.
This applications claims “The ongoing maintenance of these spaces is the key to its success. Therefore, a robust and achievable maintenance strategy will be developed with the council to ensure it remains as envisioned.”
The location of the building appears to prohibit the addition of any dedicated cycling lane along Beresford Street.
Cyclists currently have to contend with buses pulling in and out of stops.
Despite TfL proposing a potential dedicated cycle lane past the site, the plans do not appear to take that into consideration.
The pavilion footprint could well constrain cycle lanes or bus stops in future.
Moving it further south would prove less of a hindrance for future street changes in order to encourage active travel.
One wonders if consideration was given to the TfL plan, which only emerged recently? Are organisations and internal Greenwich departments talking to each other?
The planning application can be viewed here.