Disused Charlton Village building could become coffee shop

7a The Village
7a The Village has been disused for seven years

A disused shop unit in Charlton Village could become a coffee shop – if a developer is as good as their word.

The former ironmongers at 7a The Village, which has a two-storey flat on top, has been closed for seven years, but a developer wants to build an extension so it can accommodate two flats, and divide the downstairs unit so it can incorporate a coffee shop.

A planning document submitted to Greenwich Council reads: “At ground floor, the shop front will be restored and refurbished, with provisions made for future use as a coffee shop or similar. The area has struggled to compete with larger centres such as Woolwich and Blackheath, as well as with out-of-town retail parks of Charlton Riverside.

“This is a factor that may have led to the closure of several shops in The Village in recent years, according to the Charlton Village Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

“We hope that by restoring the shop it will provide much needed footfall to the local high street. There is also strong demand for coffee shops in the area, according to a local estate agent. At ground floor, behind the shopfront will include two offices for use to carry out general administrative tasks, plus a training/presentation room.”

It adds: “[The development will] e of great benefit to The Village high street and the Charlton Village Conservation Area. Restoring the disused and vacant shopfront is critical to enhancing the relevance of the high street in Charlton Village, which is currently falling away to become instead a through road to Woolwich and Greenwich. This refurbishment alone won’t solve the issues facing The Village high street, but it is a positive step in the right direction.”

You can read the full design and heritage statement, while you can read the full documents and leave comments on the Greenwich Council planning website.


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Together 22: House and Garage Orchestra headline free Charlton Park festival

Charlton Park
Platinum Jubilee events will take over Charlton Park for two days in June

The House and Garage Orchestra will headline Greenwich Council’s free Together 22 festival in Charlton Park, which will kick off the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The South London-based act, who specialise in classical reimaginings of house and garage favourites, will close the festival, which will run from noon to 6pm on Thursday 2 June.

Other acts on stage will include the indie band Two Weeks in Nashville, Columbian-Italian singer/songwriter Desta French, all-female bhangra collective Eternal Taal, Tyber and Pete from the Dualers and YolanDa’s Band Jam from CBeebies.

There will also be a marketplace with food, drink and crafts, a kids’ zone, community groups and sporting activities, while the festival will celebrate 50 years since the first Britain’s first Pride celebrations with a dedicated Pride50 tent.

Two Weeks in Nashville
Two Weeks in Nashville will spend one afternoon in Charlton Park

The park will host two days of jubilee celebrations, with Platinum Picnic in the Park following on Friday 3 June, with “activities reflecting royalty across the globe” between noon and 4pm.

Charlton parkrun will not take place on Saturday 4 June because the festival stages will still be in place.

More details of both events are on the Greenwich Council website.

Slightly earlier in the week, there will also be a jubilee celebration in Cherry Orchard Estate from noon to 4pm on Wednesday 1 June, with a kings and queens procession, teddy bears’ picnic, live music and tea and cake.

Beacons will be lit up across the country at 9.30pm on Thursday 2 June to mark the jubilee. One will be lit on Blackheath, with choirs and a bugler, while another will be lit at the same time in General Gordon Square in Woolwich.


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Plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help fund garden restoration

Charlton House in the evening
Charlton House will open its doors this Sunday

The Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society is holding a plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help raise funds for its work restoring the house’s walled garden.

The sale is part of a wider community day that will also feature the Charlton Society, Charlton Toy Library, Charlton Community Gardens, Blackheath Flower Club and the Friends of Greenwich Park, with a discovery trail and crafts for children.

Inside Charlton House there will also be a World War I-themed day as part of its Meet the Collection series of events.

Proceeds from the plant sale will go towards the walled garden and the society’s other work as well as the Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm this Sunday.

Meanwhile, this evening Charlton Community Gardens will be hosting its own plant sale in front gardens in Inverine Road, Elliscombe Road, Sandtoft Road and Wyndcliff Road. See its website for more details.


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