Woolwich barracks closure: Masterplan to be drawn up as MOD sells

A snippet of news within a Greenwich council report reveals a masterplan is due to be drawn up soon for the future of Woolwich barracks.

The report before the Regeneration, Transport & Culture Scrutiny Panel states that Greenwich Council are working with the Ministry of Defence on a new Supplementary Planning Document covering the site’s future development.

From Greenwich Council report

Woolwich Barracks contains a Grade II listed structure with the longest continuous façade of any building in the country. £20 million was spent on restoration.

Much of the base is expected to close in 2028 with the exception of the Napier Lines retained as the home of the King’s Troop.

Woolwich common surrounded by current and former MOD land

This will see most land sold following a long time retrenchment from Woolwich over the past 50 years, with the Royal Arsenal fully closing by the 1990s. The Royal Artillery left in 2007.

Queen Elizabeth military hospital became a general hospital and various other areas have been sold in recent decades.

Sites include former military housing became Brookhill Estate, with that area now set for redevelopment.

Brookhill estate redevelopment approved

Greenwich Council passed a motion in 2020 opposing the barracks closure.

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    7 thoughts on “Woolwich barracks closure: Masterplan to be drawn up as MOD sells

    • I am not sure what you mean by…

      Woolwich Barracks contains the Grade II listed continues façade of any building in the country.

    • Thats dreadful woolwich has always been a garrison town more of our history will be lost forever

    • I reckon they might keep the Grade II listed continuous façade and get a developer to add an extra five floors of those popular multicoloured plastic flats on top of the original brick building.

    • Terrible news. Leave Woolwich Barracks alone. Woolwich Barracks here to stay. Woolwich is and always will be a Garrison Town. We love and respect our Armed Forces Personnel in Greenwich Borough.

    • We need to petition to keep the Barracks in Woolwich it is part of the areas history.

    • i trained has a young gnr here,back in the 70s sorry to hear it is advancing in to history.


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