Have you seen Greenwich Council’s recent proposals on Charlton’s conservation area?
If you haven’t commented on the council’s proposed changes to Charlton’s conservation area yet, there’s still time. The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 5th May and is based on two documents that can be found here. The first document is the Draft Character Appraisal, which is an easy and interesting read covering the architectural history and character of the area.
The authors argue that ‘countryside in the city’ is “one of the area’s most significant and defining characteristics” and that “the extent to which Charlton Village can accommodate further development – at least without significant compromise to its historic character – is probably limited”.
The risks to Charlton’s character identified are the loss of retail uses, unsympathetic extensions, redevelopment of historic properties, infill development and the loss and replacement of features.
The council go on to explain how they hope to manage the challenges of conservation in the Draft Management Strategy, which suggests it will:
- Extend the current conservation area to cover properties at the top of Charlton Church Lane, properties in Lansdowne Lane and south west Hornfair Park, including the Lido
- Restrict the colours and signage available to shops in The Village, and provide a design guide to be followed for future changes
- Set a target of 50% of properties in The Village to be used for retail businesses
- Put the Assembly rooms forward for national statutory listing
- Add further properties to the local listing to give them some protection against future development:
- properties on Charlton Church Lane, The Village and Lansdowne Lane
- the east lodge in Charlton Park
- The chapels in Charlton cemetery
- Charlton Lido
The authors write that they considered extending the conservation area to include Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks, the inter-war houses near Charlton Park, and the Victorian and Edwardian housing north east of Charlton Park and also to the north and north west of the Village. These proposals are not being taken forward: the parks have a sufficient degree of protection from various other measures, and the areas of housing don’t offer sufficient historic interest or rarity in the context of London.
Are these the right things for the council’s planning department to focus on? Do you agree that signs and paint should be more closely controlled in the village? Should the conservation area be extended further?
We’re thrilled that the Lido will have another layer of protection against redevelopment: is there anywhere else in Charlton that should benefit from similar protection? Let us know in the comments below.