Hyde Housing to reveal more about its Charlton Riverside plans

The Hyde scheme would see plots A and C built first, followed by D and E, according to papers filed with Greenwich Council earlier this year. The rejected Rockwell scheme is to the left, the Flint Glass Wharf proposal is the other riverside project

Hyde Housing is to reveal more about its plans to build new homes on Charlton Riverside at an exhibition to be held next week.

In May, the housing association filed documents with Greenwich Council stating that it wanted to build 1,350 homes on a series of plots close to the Thames Barrier, including Maybanks Wharf, currently home to a paper recycling site.

Now Hyde is to hold an exhibition on Thursday 11 July (4-8pm) and Saturday 13 July (10am-2pm) about its plans. It says it plans:

  • Circa 1,250 new homes, with a target or delivering 50% of homes as affordable (it does not elaborate on what “affordable” means)
  • The provision of new commercial space, including maker, retail and wider employment uses
  • Delivery of new pedestrian and cycling routes and a comprehensive programme of public realm improvements
  • The opening up and activation of the riverfront so it can be enjoyed by local people

The documents filed to Greenwich Council’s planning team in May state that the blocks will be between one and 10 storeys tall, and that it hopes to begin eight years of construction next year, starting from the river and moving inland.

The exhibition will be at St Richard’s Church Centre, 40 Sundorne Road SE7 7PP. Coincidentally, it will be held on the same days as the exhibition on the Faraday Works scheme on the old Siemens site the other side of the Thames Barrier, hosted by developer U+I.

Saturday 13 July will also be the first public meeting of the Charlton Neighbourhood Forum, which is hoping to secure a greater say for locals in schemes of this nature.

As well as the Hyde and U+I schemes, two other major schemes are at different stages in the planning process.

They are:

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Faraday Works: Developer to host updated exhibition on Charlton Riverside development

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The Faraday Building, soon to be demolished, if U+I gets permission (photo: Neil Clasper)

Developer U+I is hosting a new exhibition for its Faraday Works development, next to the Thames Barrier, on 11 and 13 July. The exhibition intends to update local residents on U+I’s revised plans following a similar exhibition in February.

The developer intends to build 500 homes ranging from 6 to 13 stories, with at least 35% of the homes to be “affordable”, with a priority for housing at social rent (usually half of market rents). The scheme is reusing buildings from the giant Siemens cable works, which closed in the late 1960s.

The Wire Workshop element of the scheme would create 460 jobs as a co-working hub for local businesses, and the scheme also plans to keep light industry on site, with the Telegraph Works building being extended to accommodate industry downstairs and homes above.

The Faraday Building at 37 Bowater Road will be demolished as part of the development, with U+I stating that it has “reviewed ways to achieve full retention… but it is not possible to achieve the same levels of benefits without the removal of the Faraday Building. The replacement will replicate the materials and façade as faithfully as possible.”

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Artist’s impression of the restored Bowater Road (photo: U+I)

Feedback from the first exhibition, in February, included requests for retail and community space, and U+I now plans to include a shop on Bowater Road and discounted use of the Wire Workshops facilities for residents. It also proposes a new museum focusing on the history of the site.

If you would like to review the exhibition boards from February, they can be found on the Faraday Works website.

The dates and times for the exhibition, to be held at 25 Bowater Road, on the Westminster Industrial Estate, are as follows:

  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 8am to 10am
  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm to 4pm

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Fourth Charlton Riverside scheme plans 1,350 homes

The Hyde scheme would see plots A and C built first, followed by D and E. The rejected Rockwell scheme is to the left, the Flint Glass Wharf proposal is the other riverside project

Hyde Housing has revealed details of its plans to build 1,350 homes between the Anchor & Hope pub and the Thames Barrier – the fourth major development scheme to be planned for the Charlton riverside.

The housing association plans to build blocks on the river on the site of the existing Westminster Waste works at Maybank Wharf as well as blocks further back on other industrial sites on New Lyndenburg Street.

Hyde says in documents filed to Greenwich Council’s planning team that the blocks will be between one and 10 storeys tall, and that it hopes to begin eight years of construction next year, starting from the river and moving inland. The documents filed are for a scoping opinion – a request for early feedback from Greenwich planners ahead of a full planning application.

Plans for a new river wall are included in the scheme, along with open space and 7,000 square metres of business and retail space.

One site not included in the proposal is the Tarmac aggregate plant – while Hyde has bought the land, the application says the site, which is on a protected wharf, will continue to operate, leading to the possibility of some of the new blocks having to be screened off from the site, just as has happened in the newer phase of Greenwich Millennium Village, which is next to Angerstein Wharf.

Hyde promises a “cycle friendly” layout, although just how “cycle friendly” a development next to a site which uses HGVs can be is open to debate. It also proposes an extension to the new Bexleyheath to Woolwich 301 bus service, which starts on 15 June, to serve the new development, which would link the scheme to the Crossrail station at Woolwich – although nudging commuters to use a zone 4 station merely underlines how cut off some of the early Charlton riverside developments could be.

Two of the other three Charlton riverside schemes have not yet gone to planning, while one has already been rejected by both Greenwich Council and City Hall.

They are:

More details can be seen on Greenwich Council’s planning website.

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