Charlton in 2027 – housing by the Thames?

Greenwich Council wants to change planning guidelines so more housing can be built on the Charlton riverside, according to its long-term proposals for the borough’s future.

Vaizey's Wharf
The only riverside housing in Charlton at the moment is at Vaizey's Wharf, off Anchor and Hope Lane
An exhibition about the proposals will be held at Charlton House on Tuesday afternoon (between 3-7pm) to explain the plans for the future, which will see developers encouraged to build homes between Lombard Wall and Warspite Road, Woolwich.

At present, most of the riverside is given over to industrial and commercial use, with Sainsburys – which is applying to redevelop its depot on Anchor and Hope Lane – one of the major employers, although the large factories which dominated the riverfront are long gone and have been replaced with retail outlets.

A century ago, “New Charlton” was a residential area. The former Lads of the Village pub (now a veterinary surgery) and derelict Victoria pub near the Thames Barrier are among the last remnants of the riverside community which saw the birth of Charlton Athletic at Siemens Meadow – land now occupied by the Westminster Industrial Estate.

Angerstein Wharf and Murphys Wharf on the Charlton/Greenwich border will remain in industrial use, but the council wants to see the borough’s entire riverfront, from Deptford to Thamesmead, made available for housing.

For Charlton, the council’s “spatial strategy” says:


3.3.10 With the exception of Charlton Riverside, Charlton will see limited change within the plan period. Its existing character will be protected and it will benefit from the improvements to both Woolwich, to the east, and Charlton Riverside, to the north, and the increase in services and facilities that the planned development in these locations will bring.

Charlton Riverside Strategic Development Location

3.3.11 Charlton Riverside is a key regeneration area that provides a significant opportunity for new high quality river front development. The area will be transformed into an attractive and vibrant mixed use urban quarter providing around 6,000 new homes. The area has the potential to offer new community and education facilities, space for small businesses particularly within the creative industries, new employment opportunities and accessible open spaces.

3.3.12 The Strategic Development Location will exclude the current Aggregate Zone and the safeguarded Angerstein’s and Murphy’s Wharves. The total area for the site is over 100 hectares.

3.3.13 An Area Action Plan will be prepared to guide development at the site. It is envisaged at this stage that the large site could provide for a significant residential led mixed use development plus improved commercial space, retail and community facilities as well as improvements to the existing open space.

3.3.14 It is considered that the housing component at the site will commence around 2016 and could take up to 20 years to be completed. It is therefore anticipated that just over 70% of the 6000 dwellings will be delivered in this area during the plan period, with the remainder coming post 2026/27. Development of the site is dependent on the provision of increased public transport infrastructure in the waterfront area.

The draft “core strategy” for the borough also promises long-overdue redevelopment for the Morris Walk and Maryon Road estates, as well as further development along the Greenwich riverfront and on the peninsula.

The strategy and consultation documents can be found on the council website, along with further details. Former councillor Paui Webbewood has written about the plans for

4 thoughts on “Charlton in 2027 – housing by the Thames?

  1. Ashleigh marsh August 16, 2011 / 16:49

    We need land for real manufacturing industry, making useful things, like the Cory Barge Works and the concrete plant – two of the last firms still working on London’s Thames. We do not need overconcentrated box homes served by characterless retail units, to function as commuter dormitories. Friendly small scale neighbourhoods allow for healthy growth of small businesses – if rents weren’t already overinflated by speculators trying to drive out industry for short term profit we would have more firms thriving in the Charlton Industrial Estate now. Save our working future!

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