Developer Fairview New Homes is asking residents what they think of plans to build 370 new homes, including 11-storey blocks, on the site currently occupied by the remaining warehouse units off Victoria Way.
The western part of the site – the former Thorn Lighting factory – was developed a couple of years ago as an extension of Fairthorn Road, providing 209 homes.
Now Fairview wants to finish the job by building blocks of between two-and-a-half and 11 storeys, of which 20% will be “family sized units”, with 148 car parking spaces. 35% of homes will be “affordable”, the firm claims, adding a nursery/creche may be provided on site.
There’ll be no vehicle access to the already-developed part of the site, although it’ll be possible to walk between the two areas.
A consultation event is behind held today (Thursday 16 March) at Charlton House from 6pm to 8.30pm (we only found out about it today), but you can find out more and have your say at www.fairviewvictoriaway.co.uk, including the exhibition boards.
Early concerns are bound to surround the height of the development – but access is also going to be an issue for a development that sits between both Charlton and Westcombe Park stations.
A side entrance to Charlton station was promised at the time of the Sainsbury’s/M&S development but has not materialised – can this development fund that? More ambitiously, should a new bridge across to Westcombe Park station also be built from the original development, to save residents from having to use a dingy alleyway?
It may also be a prompt to do something about rat-running around Victoria Way and Eastcombe Avenue, a problem which some residents feel has increased since the new supermarket development.
Incidentally, this consultation is being run for Fairview by Cratus Communications, whose deputy chair is former Greenwich Council leader Chris Roberts. (This hasn’t stopped the consultation materials being strewn with basic errors about the area, mind…) We will be watching with interest.
(Thanks to Marianna on Twitter for the tip-off.)