Charlton Village Conservation Area: There’s still time to have your say

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Charlton Assembly Rooms: recommended for national listing

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.

4 thoughts on “Charlton Village Conservation Area: There’s still time to have your say

  1. Philip April 17, 2016 / 10:29

    I read through the documentation last month and, although I’m new to the area, couldn’t find anything that seemed amiss. I, too, like the proposal for inclusion of the Lido. I was also pleased that the Central Charlton Residents Association didn’t end up with all of their area within the Conservation area.

    • vridaochskrika June 17, 2016 / 13:26

      Philip, that’s because Central Charlton Residents Association is mis-named it doesn’t cover central Charlton.

  2. Liz Lev April 17, 2016 / 10:48

    This proposal would be excellent for Charlton, so long as the Council themselves actually adhere to it, eg. They are currently renovating a Victorian cottage on Lansdowne Lane and have removed the original chimney pots for plastic equivalents of no ‘historical character’. They have also replaced a couple of the original windows for PVC ones and in the process altered the brickwork and size of the windows.
    The Council could be seen as the biggest culprits of removing any historical characteristics so, hopefully, if this proposal goes through, we can expect to see some improvements by the Council too.

    • Rejory June 16, 2016 / 19:39

      Ironic that Greenwich Council were the biggest vandals of local character in the 60s 70s & 80s demolishing much fine Georgian/Victorian housing in the area to be replaced with blocks of ugly flats!

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