Last summer, developers Galliard Homes won an appeal against Greenwich Council refusing it planning permission for over 200 flats and office space on a site catchily called “land to the rear of 40 Victoria Way” – the long-disused Thorn Lighting plant which sits behind Gurdon Road.
Councillors had thrown out the “Constellation” scheme in November 2009, largely because of pollution and noise levels around the land, adjacent to the A102 Blackwall Tunnel approach road – although Galliard had already pre-sold plots to homebuyers.
One of the biggest worries was that the main entry/exit to the site would be through sleepy Fairthorn Road. When the Thorn plant was up and running, traffic for that was routed via Victoria Way. But the adjacent industrial units on the rest of the 40 Victoria Way site were still due to stay in place – meaning a big change for Fairthorn Road.
Now there are changes to the plan, with Fairview New Homes taking the site on, and seeking to “update and enhance” the scheme – whatever that means.
There’s a public exhibition taking place from 3pm-8pm this Thursday at the Grand Salon in Charlton House (through the foyer, turn left, and up the stairs). It’s the first this website has heard of the event, so it might be worth asking just how seriously Fairview is taking this “consultation”.
It should also give the Charlton Riverside Action Group something to get their teeth into this Wednesday…