Plans to demolish a number of shops in Woolwich town centre appear to be back after the submission of a new screening opinion.
According to a document the applicant (Mortgramit Square Ltd) seeks to build 310 homes at 154-172 Powis Street and 125-129 Woolwich High Street.
This is the site to the west of the town centre where some pretty terrible plans were previously submitted.
That lumpen block was a lazy effort dumped down paying no mind to nearby buildings nor what is one of Woolwich’s most characterful areas at Mortgramit Square.
What could in time be a huge asset for the town if renovated was to be completely flattened.
The site has cobbled streets linking Powis Street to Hare Street and surrounded by 1930s structures that have seen better days, but with sensitive redevelopment including commercial units and housing could thrive.
It’s a piece of living history barely changed in around a century.
These photographs were taken in recent months showing the site not well maintained.
One door had been knocked down near Powis Street with open access to buildings which saw shops evicted some years ago.
Those previous plans have left a blight in parts of the town centre for years.
Around six shops were closed along Powis Streets alongside homes.
Since 2018 when the tower plan was revealed this area has been designated as a conservation area.
Meanwhile landowners eventually withdrew their plans after five years. Other buildings to go sit along Woolwich High Street including Furlong’s garage.
While realistically some buildings will be replaced – some on site do have little merit – let’s hope when further details emerge it’s not blanket demolition of every single structure as seen before.
Good design would enhance the best of what’s there alongside new builds. And while we’re at it, let’s hope it’s not another five years of sitting on land as buildings rot.
That doesn’t appear likely though as proposed homes are up to 310
With this submission plans are afoot and we’ll possibly find out what they are soon.