Greenwich Council looks at building new homes on woodland site

Gollogolly Terrace
Greenwich Council is looking for plots to build council homes

Greenwich Council is investigating the possibility of building new homes on woodland between Charlton Church Lane and Elliscombe Road, it has emerged.

Residents who live in nearby Nadine Street have been sent letters to let them know that surveyors will be coming to look at the undeveloped sites.

Gollogoly Terrace
Part of the land site behind housing at Gollogoly Terrace

Greenwich recently announced its biggest house-building programme since the early 1980s, and while The Charlton Champion understands that while development here is not thought to be likely, the council is examining all possible locations.

Greenwich Council letter
Residents recently received this letter from the council

It is widely believed that the land is contaminated – one comment on The Charlton Champion‘s Instagram page says that residents in the former Coutts House block, built in the early 1970s but demolished 30 years later, were once tested for lead poisoning with residents warned not to stray onto the land.

The Warren
The land stretches up to Coombe Lodge, off Elliscombe Road

The council’s cabinet recently agreed to sell some contaminated land at The Heights, on the other side of Charlton Church Lane, to developer Pocket Living, with the intention that Pocket would pay for the clean-up.

The Warren
Much of the site is overgrown and is believed to be contaminated

Greenwich Council said: “The council has an ambitious target to build 750 new council homes, and is considering a number of sites across the borough. We have written to residents to advise them that in order to consider whether a site is suitable, it is necessary to undertake some surveying and due diligence work. More information will be available once appropriate sites have been identified.”

If you know more about this mysterious piece of land, please let us know in the comments below.


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7 thoughts on “Greenwich Council looks at building new homes on woodland site

  1. Joan Shannon March 30, 2019 / 11:09

    The land between Elliscombe Road, Charlton Church Lane, Nadine Street and the steps was an industrial dump site for WAHarvey ltd which was on the Woolwich Road. My father worked there and we lived in Elliscombe Road. In the 50s/60s he told us never to break in and play there as it was dangerous. Corrugated iron sheets could be moved on the steps. I later came to realise that he believed that the site contained radio active contaminated waste. In the 50s it was not realised how dangerous radioactivity was. There could well be many other contaminents there as Harveys was an engineering company.

    • Julie woolley April 29, 2019 / 22:41

      I grew up in Elliscombe Road (no.13) in the late 1950s and we played on the dump. Lorries would come and tip waste over the top regularly. open tins of paint and off cuts of metal could be found over the site. I assume there was no regulation. We picked fruit from trees on the lower slopes too. Could be anything buried on the tip. We left London as we were all suffering from poor health, mainly chest complaints.

  2. Julie Woolley April 30, 2019 / 17:31

    In case anyone is interested – we lived with Mrs Ellis at No 13, the wife of the builder of Elliscombe Road. I have a photo of us together when I was a little girl. She was a lovely lady and I called her nanny Ellis. I have her tea pot, some linen and her bible since my mother passed away. There was an air raid shelter in the garden and we made it into a pond. Think I wrote my initials in the concrete when it was finished. The house was just like the 1900s house when we moved there as little had been done since it was built. I bought the book for my parents and now have it myself. We rented rooms and then bought the house – for about £3000 I think!

  3. Sam Arrowsmith May 13, 2019 / 16:28

    In addition to the concerns over contamination, the woodland site in question is also a major wildlife corridor.

    It’s a nesting site for hundreds of different birds including finches, blue tits, gold finches, dunnocks, sparrows, robins, blackbirds and at least on pair of woodpeckers.

    Building on the site will destroy this excellent bird habitat and further reduce the number of places where wildlife can thrive in Charlton.

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