A consultation on the next major phase of development at the Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich is set to soon commence with 660 homes proposed.
This was always going to be a contentious stage given it builds on part of Maribor Park which was always due to be temporary as it now stands.
Still, some didn’t do cursory research when moving and now seem surprised though the existing approved masterplan always contained it. Images from years before also contained it. Models shown at previous consultations showed it.
It’s not a rabbit out of the hat moment.
A quick google just now again showed many sites showing the long-held plans. Here’s the second result for example. Here’s the first. It’s long, long been the plan that Beresford Street would see buildings alongside while the Premier Inn car park would in turn become green space.
While Berkeley Homes have been slow to build which has presumably seen some assume the park is staying, people should always look at the masterplan or proposed changes when moving. And if they had it always showed this was happening.
It’s easier to have sympathy when a masterplan is altered post-approval which we have seen on the Royal Arsenal at Building 11.
But building along Beresford Street? That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I suppose I still find it odd someone would do what is one of the biggest decision’s in their life and not Google it beforehand.
What this does is bring up a key reason developers don’t want to improve areas before building. If they do some then complain when plans come in. If Berkeley had left it fenced off for years and unusable they’d get less grief now (though of course that’s not as appealing to sell homes – but again buyers could have done the basics when researching).
Some developers do take the view that they won’t bother enacting interim improvements – or meanwhile uses – as it gives them grief down the line.
Anyway, we’ll find out what Berkeley Homes have in store next week. An in-person event will be held on Tuesday 12th December between 5pm and 8pm plus Saturday 16th December between 10am-2pm in the Knight Gallery at Woolwich Works.
IF they’ve radically changed what was previously opposed they’d be cause to raise it but if not, sorry surely do the basics before moving somewhere to check what’s happening.