Looking at development from Woolwich to Slade Green this year and into next

Earlier this week I took a look at various changes that has happened with developments from Deptford to just past Charlton..

It broadly followed the railway line, and this follow-up looks at what’s changed over the past year and what may happen during 2023.

Woolwich Arsenal

Woolwich has seen continual changes throughout 2022 as Crossrail opened and various plots progressed or were approved.

The third and fourth towers of an eventual six beside the Thames are now well advanced:

Woolwich towers

Demolition is also now underway of the former Wilko for a new leisure centre and hundreds of homes approved in the latter half of 2022:

Woolwich leisure centre plans include hundreds of homes.

Also approved in 2022 were new homes Woolwich Central surrounding Tesco covering phases 3 and 4:

Approved this summer

A previous tower was blocked, with a reduced 15-floor block – of far less architectural merit – given the green light just a few weeks before the leisure centre site was approved.

Here’s what can be expected to the rear of Tesco away from the tower block. The total number of homes is 712.

More homes to rear of site

In recent weeks yet another major development at Armourer’s Court was approved, located above the eastern end of Woolwich’s Elizabeth line station:

Four blocks above podium

This plot totals 523 homes.

In terms of actual building work, a mid-size block from Meridian Housing is also well underway beside Plumcroft School, with 47 flats upon completion.

Woolwich Arsenal station located close to site

A revised plan for the former Catholic Club was also approved on Beresford Street.

Approved in 2022

That’ll contain 298 student rooms.

This year also saw details of Brookhill Estate’s demolition and rebuild, with 263 homes planned to replace 80 currently on site.


Much has happened in and around Plumstead during the past year and that’ll continue into 2023 as major development sites take shape.

The biggest is West Thamesmead Gateway which will see an eventual 1,750 homes near the bus garage:

1,750 homes have been approved with work now starting

Berkeley Homes and Peabody have named it Lombard Square and now it’s magically changed to Plumstead from Thamesmead. Not sure about that.

It’s located beside Belmarsh prison and a gyratory system, with some future resident only allowed frosted glass to prevent overlooking the jail

Work is also ongoing at a former care home site nearby.

333 homes underway

In this location – which is firmly Thamesmead – the developer has previously described it as being in Woolwich.

Both sites saw Greenwich Council ignore advice from Transport for London to improve pedestrian and cycling links to both Plumstead railway station and Woolwich Elizabeth line station.


One future development site is a Plumstead college building set to be rebuilt with over 250 homes. Work should have started in the summer according to plans submitted earlier this year but little appears evident from the outside.

College to be rebuilt

Abbey Wood

The advent of Crossrail has been matched by new development.

One such site comprises two blocks, and is now approaching completion:

Towers beside Abbey Wood station. More flats blamed for reduced recycling rates

A few hundred metres away in Thamesmead we’ve seen a rebuilt area now named Cygnet Square almost complete. Nearly 600 homes here.

Southmere Village blocks taken April 2022

I’ve been working hard all year tracking applications, decisions and progress across London and will do so into 2023.

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A future phase at Binsey Walk was supposed to be approved by the end of 2022. It hasn’t.

I covered the application in August 2022 which can be seen here.

Many more plots in area sit boarded and fenced off as Peabody build slowly.

In Abbey Wood will be finally see this block of 272 homes on Eynsham Drive rise? A car wash on site closed in recent months.

Eynsham Drive development


Lots of plans here but little happening. This approved block saw no movement this year.

New build plans at current low rise shop site.

Major developments around station have been submitted for approval in 2022, including New Belvedere:

“New Belvedere” proposal

There’s also the former gasholder site slightly east with plans for 563 homes.

Gasholder site indicative housing block

Other plots approved include this plot a short walk north of the station:


Erith Quarry continued to see construction. In total 850 homes are planned.

Further plots have been submitted for planning in recent weeks.

Also in recent weeks we’ve seen consultation on a site beside Erith station:

Consultation currently underway

Slade Green

And finally the last stop on the line, and this year saw much progress with Park East containing 320 homes.

New estate in Eith
Under construction

Beyond here is Dartford and that’s a stop too far, or we’d be here all day.

No doubt I’ve missed more than a few in this post, but hopefully it gives a flavour of what’s been happening this year and what can be expected into next year.

I’ll be there to document and report it.

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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.

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