Stone Foundries: Police desk and 1,200 homes planned for Charlton Riverside redevelopment

Stone Foundries location

A police desk is among the plans for 1,200 homes to be revealed to local people on Friday by the developer seeking to transform the Stone Foundries industrial site off Woolwich Road.

Montreaux, which bought the site earlier this year, promises “retail, workspace, community, leisure and social infrastructure” along with the new housing. It is the fifth development to come forward for Charlton Riverside.

More details have now emerged about the scheme. It says about 420 homes (35%) will be “affordable” – there is no detail yet on how affordable this will actually be as these are down to negotiations with the council and City Hall. Greenwich Council’s local plan states that developers must provide “at least 35% affordable housing” (our italics).

The police desk is an eye-opening offer. With government cuts forcing the closure of nearly all of Greenwich borough’s police stations, Charlton has lost its nearest police stations in Greenwich and Woolwich and is now served by Plumstead and Lewisham. (An even more local police front counter for many, at Westcombe Park station in Combedale Road, Greenwich, closed about two decades ago.)

However, officers are close by, even if largely out of sight – they parade at Warspite Road, just outside the Charlton Riverside area. In other parts of London, local councils have stepped in to try to keep a visible police presence in communities – just how this developer-funded offer works out remains to be seen. After all, will there even be enough police to staff it?

Montreaux is also promising a “large, open green space” and will “support upgrades to the area’s transport system to avoid congestion” – again, just how much this will be above what the council will demand anyway remains to be seen.

Steve Lawn, Montreaux’s project lead, says: “We are very excited to regenerate this underused site and bring new life and employment to an overlooked area of Charlton. At the same time, we will integrate the area’s heritage into our scheme and provide a better home for the existing businesses who wish to remain.”

The firm also quotes Mark Ager, whose Flower Skills company is based on the Stone site. “Montreaux has listened to us throughout this process and we are delighted we will be staying on in the regenerated scheme, as part of a more diverse and vibrant business community,” he says.

Greenwich Council deputy leader David Gardner is among those who have seen the proposals. He says they are “far too dense and high“.

The exhibition will be held at The Valley on Friday 13 December from 2pm to 7.30pm (coinciding with the home match against Hull City) and from noon to 4pm on Sunday 14 December.


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Can you help Charlton Park Academy’s students have a leavers’ party?

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Parents are fundraising for Charlton Park Academy students

Parents and carers at Charlton Park Academy are fundraising to give their children a special spend-off when they leave the school in the summer.

There’s been no money to host the event at the school, which caters for children with special needs and disabilities, for the past three years. So parents are taking to the streets (and the internet) to find the cash themselves.

Vivien writes: “The kids often raise money for other charities themselves – time to support them, we feel. As parents we are making and selling crafts and have a choir which will be singing in General Gordon Square and the Woolwich Centre on Thursday with a bucket for coins! We have six months to raise the money.”

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Stone Foundries site: Redevelopment plans to be revealed at consultation

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The Stone Foundries site was sold earlier this year

‘Twas the weekend before the Christmas holiday… so, naturally, it’s time for another consultation into another redevelopment on the Charlton Riverside.

The developer Montreaux, which bought the Stone Foundries site earlier this year, is to reveal its plans at an exhibition at The Valley from 2pm to 7.30pm on Friday 13 December, and noon to 4pm on Sunday 14 December. Awkwardly, not only has the developer picked the weekend before many people head away for Christmas, the Friday session is also on the same evening as Charlton’s match against Hull City, which kicks off at 7.45pm. Wine and beer will be available on the Friday for a small donation to St Peter’s boxing club and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Montreaux has previously said it plans 1,500 houses on the site. This will be the fifth plan to come forward for the riverfront. The spiel will be familiar by now. “The brownfield site in Charlton known as Stone Foundries is being regenerated to create a new community, whilst still preserving the area’s rich industrial heritage. The scheme will provide much-needed new homes along with community, business and green space – generating jobs, boosting the local economy and providing new public services and amenities.”

Not sure where Stone Foundries is? It was a major employer which made parts for ships and aeroplanes, but dwindled over the years and the factory was finally sold in August. Some of the company’s land was sold off in the 1990s to create the Stone Lake retail park – the redevelopment site is down an odd-looking private road near that.

Stone Foundries location

The other four schemes, from west to east, are:

The public inquiry into the Rockwell development, which is next door to the Stone site, ended last week.

The closing statement from the community group Charlton Together said: “The high percentage of studios and one-bedroom homes in this proposal is likely to drive a rental market and create properties for sale, not as homes but as investments. This is not going to kick-start a sustainable community.” A decision will come next year on Rockwell – the same group will be hoping for better from Montreaux.


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