Many long-term residents have already left the estate, with the buildings currently being used for temporary accommodation. Across the three estates, 1,064 homes originally built for council rent will be replaced by 1,500 homes with 35% as “affordable”, a catch-all for range for tenures from shared ownership, through proportions of market rent to “social target rent”.
New plans mean the estate will be empty by late summer, with demolition set to begin in autumn, a year ahead of schedule, residents’ group representatives at a “stakeholders’ forum” last week were told.
The Charlton Champion emailed Greenwich Council’s press office for more information about the plan, but has not been sent a response.
It would also cut the number of new homes to 771. It is not known how many would be for social rent or “affordable” – the previous scheme had just 13% “affordable” homes.
The announcement was made at a “stakeholders’ forum” of representatives from residents’ and amenity groups last week and tweeted by council deputy leader Danny Thorpe.
These are the images from the original Rockwell scheme in # #Charlton (28 storey tower) and now the new proposals – buildings a max of 10 storeys, improved public transport, public realm, play streets and the east-west link #greenwichpic.twitter.com/Z5GgnTqNMr
One in four of the bank’s branches are being closed after parent group RBS said use of its branches by customers had fallen 40% since 2014.
The Old Dover Road outlet – the nearest bank for many Charlton residents – has been known as the Blackheath & Westcombe Park branch since the 1990s, when it took on the responsibilities of the closed Blackheath Village NatWest.
NatWest branches in Greenwich, Lewisham and Woolwich will remain in business.
The closure means Barclays will be last remaining bank at Blackheath Standard. The former Woolwich Equitable building society and the long-gone Greenwich Building Society – swallowed up into Portman, now part of Nationwide – also once had branches there.
The last bank remaining in Charlton itself – a Barclays – was demolished 20 years ago to accommodate a new exit for Charlton station.