Revised Greenwich 27-floor tower plan submitted

They continue to come in thick and fast and here’s another as plans for a previously agreed tower in Greenwich have been revised and submitted.

Developer Tribe are behind the proposal which would see 414 student rooms alongside a small area for light industrial use. Brewery Wharf’s concrete plant remains thus ensuring boats will continue to head to the creek.

Looking west down Creek Road

This proposal in place of a previously agreed residential block at the junction of Creek Road and Norman Road.

Tower on left approved in 2020. Now revised

Given it wasn’t a plain box and showed a bit of design flair, it always seemed a long shot whether it’d go ahead. That scheme had 128 flats and topped out at 28 storeys.

Revised plans see a tower with a pink and green colour scheme and pronounced fins from roof to first floor.

Lower floor detailing

Just yesterday I looked at work set to begin another development nearby which is set to include an area of new creekside path. This does too, and with a path between the two already constructed but never opened, a sizable stretch could be accessible to the public.

Existing building on site

A café is planned facing the creek and (hopefully) a sizable new path extending some distance past three developments.

Incidentally, the Design and Access statement actually uses an image of the Saxon Wharf site – which is now cleared for imminent housing – as an example of local industrial use.

View from New Capital Quay. Pink outline is previously approved tower beside Laban Centre

Income to Greenwich Council via the Community Infrastructure Levy for improving services and infrastructure will be relatively low at £65 per square metre owing to Greenwich failing to revise already very low rates adopted in 2015 by 2018 as promised.

They still havn’t and now look unlikely to until 2024. Newham Council, for example, levy £130 per square metre for student accommodation. Tower Hamlets is £450 psm for market rate and zero otherwise. Hackney would be £373 psm.

Public space could be far better

Those rates are all when adopted, and so the current rates after annual inflation ensure the gap is in effect even wider.

Developers will be laughing at how little to have to pay in areas such as this site. It’s pretty much still in town centre Greenwich, in Zone 2 and close to excellent transport links, Local residents miss out from a decade of failure by Greenwich Council to set rates close to London norms to capture revenue for local improvements.

Run down areas could be wonderful places if CIL rates were altered to increase income

These funds can help to at least mitigate cuts from central government. Alas, an estate directly opposite is crumbling away in places.

As for the proposed tower, architects are PRP. Given precedent here with a tower approved in 2020 the development is almost certain to be approved.

Haddo estate lacking routine maintenance for many years with many walls falling apart and vehicle-dominated public space

The application can be viewed here.

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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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