Rockwell returns: Controversial Charlton Riverside scheme to be heard on 9 July

Rockwell’s plans for Charlton Riverside

Plans to redevelop the VIP Trading Estate by developer Rockwell are to go before Greenwich Council’s Planning Board on Monday 9th July, the original hearing in April being deferred until after the local elections held in May. The plans have caused controversy over the height and density of the proposed housing, plus the level of affordable and social housing to be included in the scheme – the latest plans are for 25% of the housing to be ‘affordable’, of which 71% will be social housing.

A petition raised by local residents asking Greenwich Council to enforce the terms of its own Charlton Riverside Masterplan – citing the £850,000 cost of developing the plan – had over 400 signatories at the time of writing.

From The Murky Depths has taken a look at the outline plans for the £4.9 million of Section 106 payments – money paid to the council which is meant to be spent in the local area – due to come from the development.

At least two local councillors have tweeted their intention to oppose the plans:

 

Also due to be heard at the same planning board meeting is a request for Revocation of Hazardous Substances Consent for East Greenwich gasholder, one of the steps necessary to allow demolition of the historic structure. Labour councillors recently voted down a motion opposing demolition of the gasholder.

Also on the Greenwich Peninsula, councillors will also discuss plans for a temporary 4,400-capacity concert and conference venue to be built at the north end of Tunnel Avenue.

Read previous Charlton Champion coverage of the Rockwell planning application here.

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‘Stick to your masterplan’: Residents launch Charlton Riverside petition to Greenwich Council

Rockwell’s plans for Charlton Riverside. Local residents’ groups say that the application “drives a coach and horses” through Greenwich Council’s Charlton Riverside Masterplan

Residents worried about the future of Derrick and Atlas Gardens – the two streets at the riverfront end of Anchor & Hope Lane – have launched a petition asking Greenwich Council to enforce the terms of its own Charlton Riverside Masterplan.

Citing the £854,000 cost of developing masterplans for the area – a figure revealed through a Freedom of Information request submitted by the organisers – the petition highlights discrepancies between the masterplan’s objectives and Greenwich Council planning officers’ recommendation to approve the upcoming Rockwell housing development application:

The Rockwell development application currently before the council drives a coach and horses through the carefully created masterplan in terms of building heights, levels of density/massing, and affordable housing. 

If the Rockwell development is approved by the planning board it will set a precedent for all future developers to ignore the masterplan in respect of further planning applications for the wider site. This will have a huge impact on the whole of Charlton.

For reasons that are hard to understand, the council’s own officers have recommended giving approval to the Rockwell development even through the application does not meet the vision or targets described in the masterplan which was commissioned by the council and approved by cabinet in November 2017.

The petitioners are unhappy about Rockwell’s plans for 771 new homes on an industrial estate which surrounds their homes. The scheme includes five 10-storey blocks.

Councillors voted to defer making a decision on the application at a planning board meeting held just prior to the May council elections.

One of the petition organisers, Helen Jakeways of community group Charlton Together, said: “It’s really vital for all of Charlton that Greenwich Council lives up to the vision and ambition of its own Charlton Riverside Masterplan.

“Not only would it be £850,000 of public money wasted if it didn’t, the knock on effect for all of Charlton would be awful if developers are allowed free rein on the Riverside plot. We’re asking everyone Charlton wide to sign the petition and support the Charlton Riverside Masterplan.”

You can sign the petition here: change.org/p/danny-thorpe-enforce-the-charlton-riverside-masterplan.

Derrick & Atlas Gardens Residents’ Association has recently joined Twitter – you can follow it here: twitter.com/DagraSE7.

Read previous Charlton Champion coverage of the Rockwell planning application here.

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