What do you value by the river? Tell the council your views on Charlton’s riverside

Cory boatyard, Charlton
The Cory boatyard is an important part of the area’s heritage

What do you like down by the river? Greenwich Council is asking people for their views on what they value about the two new conservation areas on the Charlton riverside – helping protect the area’s heritage as developers eye up the industrial land for thousands of new homes.

Two conservation areas – Charlton Riverside, and Thames Barrier and Bowater Road – were created two years ago as part of plans to make sure the area’s history wasn’t completely wiped out when the construction companies moved in, as has happened in other riverside areas of London.

Now Greenwich is consulting on the details – area appraisals – to work out what is of value to the area and what isn’t.

Places like the old Cory barge works and the modern homes at Vaizey’s Wharf are cited as having a positive impact on the area – but the old Watercoombe House office block on Anchor and Hope Lane and the McDonald’s on Woolwich Church Street are seen as negatives.

The council has prepared two detailed documents which are worth a look if you’re interested in the area – even if you don’t want to respond to the consultation – as they are full of details about the history of the buildings and their uses.

After the consultation, proposals will go to councillors on planning committees before being considered by the council’s ruling cabinet.

To see the documents and take part in the consultation, visit the Greenwich Council website.

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