Housing association lodges plans for 1,300-home mixed-use south London scheme

Hyde Housing Association has submitted a hybrid planning application for a mixed-use, 1,300-home scheme in Charlton, south-east London.

Preliminary sketch of Charlton Riverside proposals. Image by Hyde Housing
Preliminary sketch of Charlton Riverside proposals. Image by Hyde Housing

The application proposes buildings of up to ten storeys high and covers a 4.2-hectare plot of land that includes a former River Thames wharf, warehouses and car parking. It seeks demolition for the site's existing buildings.

Detailed permission is sought for 762 homes, 3,592 sqm of B1 employment floorspace, plus shops, community and leisure facilities.

Meanwhile, outline permission is wanted for the provision of 530 homes, 3,559 square metres of employment uses, plus retail and leisure.

The outline element seeks to deliver enough affordable housing to ensure the development as a whole provides 50 per cent affordable housing provision.

The detailed permission provides for 60 per cent affordable housing, based on unit numbers and 64 per cent based on habitable rooms.

The land is part of the Charlton Riverside Opportunity Area, designated in the London Plan, and covered by a supplementary planning document as part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s local plan.

A planning statement submitted on behalf of Hyde said: "Following a robust and extensive consultation programme, it has been demonstrated that the proposed development would provide significant benefits to the Royal Borough that are in conformity with national, regional and local planning policy."

The Charlton Riverside masterplan SPD, published in 2017, provides for up to 7,500 homes in the wider area, plus the provision of 4,400 extra jobs.

In January, London mayor Sadiq Khan refused plans submitted by developer Rockwell Property for 771 homes on a neighbouring site. Rockwell has appealed the decision and an inquiry is set to start later this month.

In July, Greenwich councillors refused plans for a 619-home scheme due to concerns about the development's height and density and its impact on air quality, contrary to a recommendation from planners.

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