Plans for 117 new council homes at Kidbrooke to front Greenwich Council

A proposal which would see affordable housing in Greenwich boosted by the addition of more than 100 new council homes is set to be decided next week.

Planning board members of Greenwich Council have been asked to approve the scheme, which would see 117 new flats built across four blocks at Kidbrooke, when it fronts their November 17 meeting.

It’s the latest initiative in the council’s mass home-building scheme to construct more affordable housing in the borough, titled Greenwich Builds.

Under the plans lodged by the council, the 117 residential units would be built across four buildings, ranging from between four to ten storeys, while a nursery, new park area, and a play space would also be constructed as part of the development.

Every single unit is set to be classed at social rent levels – the cheapest form of affordable housing offered in the capital city, with prices set by the council so they can be afforded by low-income Londoners.

The development is slated for a piece of unused brown-field land sitting just south of Thomas Tallis on Kidbrooke Park Road, with the council saying the site is just a three-minute walk to Kidbrooke Station.

Just under one-third of the flats would be designated as “family-sized”, addressing a critical shortage of such accommodation in London.

It’s one of the reasons council officers have asked members of the planning board to approve the development, with documents attached to the application reminding members that 19,000 households are currently on Greenwich’s council waiting list for one and two-bed units, and family housing.

Eight objections to the project have been received by the council, including concerns that the amount of social housing would “become another Ferrier

estate”, referencing Kidbrooke’s former council-housing estate which was demolished in 2012.

The council responded that “measures have been taken in the design and landscaping to prevent anti- social behaviour”, and said nearby Kidbrooke Village had a range of services which could be accessed by those living there.

The meeting will also see councillors vote on endorsing the huge Greenwich Peninsula masterplan.

The extensive application by developers Knight Dragon includes outline planning permission requests to demolish and clear land on the peninsula which could eventually see nearly 3000 homes built, 19,600sqm of food and retail stores, a 350-room hotel, and a new theatre.

The scheme also requests planning permission for a detailed proposal of 476 residential units, the first of a swathe of development set for the Peninsula in coming years.

The board meets on November 17.

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