Berkeley Homes are set to hold an online event covering their proposed development of 660 homes.
A previous event highlighted details of a long-standing plan for part of Maribor Park along Beresford Street. The development has been named “Ropeyards” with the online event set for 21st February.
One new detail was the removal of a building previously approved as part of a outline application.
That structure was located close to Beresford Street at the south east tip of this phase.
Forthcoming buildings will sits amongst the Premier Inn hotel and the Catholic Club which is set for replacement with 298 student rooms.
Big things are made of “1253 cycle spaces encouraging sustainable transport” though the adjacent Berkeley towers to the north have been built so close to the road there’s not actually any space for a cycle lane along Woolwich High Street as things stand.
Thus the quickest and most logical cycle route through Woolwich town centre when heading from east to west in order to connect with Cycleway 4 is not included in Transport for London plans for a new cross-town cycle route.
That can still be rectified but needs funding to re-work Woolwich High Street. Despite many developments here, TfL nor Greenwich Council seem willing to do so.
For new residents to meet Cycleway 4 there’s two options: A less direct route to the Thames then past the Waterfront or through Macbean Street then Powis Street through busy shopping areas.
However the Waterfront is closing in 2025 which may block cycling along the river for some time.
In addition though it’s somewhat hard to tell before a full planning application, reaching the Thames by bike to reach Cycleway 4 looks to be through an area with no dedicated lanes.
It’s likely the most appealing route not only for forthcoming residents at Ropeyards but also others across a wider area would be a safe, direct lane along Beresford Street and then Woolwich High Street. The one not being proposed.
A planning application is expected in spring this year.