Charlton Conversations: Talk about new Anchor & Hope Lane development at Greenwich Yacht Club

Charlton riverside at the Thames Barrier

Charlton riverside at the Thames Barrier

We’re still waiting for news from Greenwich Council on its detailed plans to redevelop the Charlton Riverside – a consultation on a new masterplan was due earlier this year, is apparently due this month, but that’s what they’ve said before.

In general, we know from the previous masterplan and a recent land use consultation that the plan is to sweep away much of the area’s industry (and ultimately, some of the retail barns) and replace it with housing – completely changing the shape of the area in which we live.

The consquences of this faffing around are being felt by riverside businesses – such as the council being set to buy an old recording studio on Eastmoor Street, down by the Thames Barrier, because the building’s owner has served a notice on the council complaining that it is blighted by the council’s previous plans. (There’s more on this at From The Murky Depths.)

Developers aren’t waiting – they probably know what’s going on anyway. So a consultation begins this weekend on a 15-acre site off Anchor & Hope Lane and behind Atlas Gardens and Derrick Gardens. The developer here is Rockwell – which is also involved in the highly controversial cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf, east Greenwich.

It says

With exciting new plans for this neglected riverside area now well underway, it’s time for sensitive and visionary planning that will benefit residents and visitors. Part of Greenwich’s new economic and environmental strategy, the new urban community at Charlton Riverside will include new green landscaping plans, while improving access to the waterfront area and its stunning views.

The development of a new Barrier Park link to Maryon Wilson Park will be key in opening up new views of the river and its striking silver defences, while making cycling and walking in the area much easier and safer, improving access to river transport links, opening up choice for local residents and helping to attract visitors.

Those who live at Charlton Riverside will enjoy direct links to exciting new developments already underway at Greenwich Peninsula and Woolwich town centre. This focus on helping to build a community in harmony with its urban surroundings is a key focus for Rockwell.

The plans for Anchor & Hope Lane include a new public park as well as new homes. There’s an exhibition taking place over the next week, and a special website, Charlton Conversations.

Unfortunately, the exhibition isn’t actually in Charlton itself – it’s at Greenwich Yacht Club, at the end of Peartree Way in Greenwich.

You can see it tomorrow (Saturday 24 September) from 10am-4pm; Wednesday 28 September from 6.30pm-9pm; and Thursday 29th September from 4pm to 8pm.

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9 Responses to Charlton Conversations: Talk about new Anchor & Hope Lane development at Greenwich Yacht Club

  1. Damian says:

    Yes, lets remove industry that provides long term livelihoods for a large number of people and replace it with housing so developers can make a quick huge profit without concerning themselves with the strain on local infrastructure or where these new tenants will work, then move on.

  2. charles says:

    I will be going to the meeting to see what is being proposed. However, I am not happy with the fact that Charlton Church Lane (I stress Lane) has become a ‘highway’. Also I am not happy that the new flats built by the yatch club has resulted in the concrete factory bein moved further east and is now opposit Asda and Sainsbury’s. I will be in favour of getting rid of the industry and regenerating the area by Charlton Riverside as this will change the area for the better. Long overdue. How about a bus route which will leave North Greenwich and pass along the riverside right down to Woolwich. Woudn’t that be grand.

    • David N says:

      The other morning, with traffic on Charlton Church Lane grid-locked, and backing up through the Village, I was wondering why on earth the changes were made at the junction with Woolwich Road. Effectively the Lane is a single track road
      with passing places. Oh, and on two bus routes.

      It is amazing though, how quickly the rat-runners find a new opportunity.

      • Darryl says:

        It’s funny, really, how we end up having to think about one set of developments without even managing to deal with the consequences of the more recent ones.

        The answer to rat running is to block access and restrict some car parking – but I wonder how many of those who complain about rat running would be outraged if you did it (you’d probably need to do it in eight or nine places between Greenwich Park and Woolwich to do it properly).

    • Damian says:

      They didn’t move the ‘concrete factory’, (nor is it a concrete factory but..) maybe it’s just a bit more visible now?

      ‘Better’ is subjective. Better for who? Developers who make more money yes. People like you who prefer to look at flats than at factorys, yes. Better for the workers who lose their jobs, no! Better for the self employed and small business owners who are pushed out with no regard, no!

  3. The 2012 masterplan does envisage a separate transport route. This could become the route for any revitalised Greenwich Wtarefront Transit, running from North Greenwich tube to Thamesmead.

  4. fahy says:

    Those interested in the future of the area should attend this exhibition. The fact that a number of developers are buying up sites is worrying. The Masterplan is key and the Council must avoid piece meal development taking place. Mixed development including employment opportunities is key to the success of the proposals contained in the Masterplan

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