Khan calls in plans for 1,000 homes in Greenwich

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called in two applications in the south-east of the capital with the combined potential to provide more than 1,000 homes.

An artist's impression of plans for Charlton Riverside
An artist's impression of plans for Charlton Riverside

Royal Borough of Greenwich councillors resolved to refuse permission for the two schemes at a committee meeting in July, contrary to officers’ recommendations for approval.

Charlton Riverside, the larger of the two projects, comprises plans submitted by developer Rockwell Property for 771 homes in 11 buildings ranging from two to ten storeys in height.

In its reasons for refusal, Greenwich Council said the height, massing and design of the buildings would result in "overdevelopment of the site".

The council also said the plans failed to meet several local plan requirements, including those relating to loss of employment floorspace and the proportion of family-sized housing.

However, a Greater London Assembly (GLA) report on the proposals, issued alonsgide a letter to the council announcing Khan's intention to recover the application for his own determination, noted the development’s potential to "contribute significantly" to housing supply. It advised that the borough had failed to meet London Plan housing targets in recent years.

Eynsham Drive, the other project to be called in, comprises plans submitted by developer Abbey Wood Property for 272 homes in four buildings ranging in height from three to 17 storeys.

In refusing the application, Greenwich Council said the plans represented overdevelopment and would cause harm to the Lesnes Abbey scheduled ancient monument. It also raised concerns about the impact on neighbouring properties and "a poor living environment for prospective occupiers".

But a GLA report highlighted the development’s potential to provide affordable homes, noting that the borough has "a significant undersupply of affordable housing in the pipeline".

Mark Gibney, head of London planning at consultancy GVA, which is advising Rockwell Property on the Charlton Riverside application, said: "This is a positive sign that many of London’s property developers have been hoping to see since the local elections concluded in May.

"This shows a willingness from the mayor to intervene in boroughs where high-quality design is promoted and there is a strong commitment to delivering affordable homes."


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