Travellers occupy Fairview development site at Victoria Way

Travellers on Fairview New Homes site

It’s almost predictable, really. Large company takes ownership of large plot of land in south-east London for development. Large company doesn’t secure the land properly. Then the neighbours find a load of caravans parked on their doorstep.

It happened when Ikea took over the site of its new Greenwich store, and it’s now happened at the Fairview New Homes site on Victoria Way, where the company recently put in a planning application to build 341 new homes on land that had been occupied by storage depots.

Travellers on Fairview New Homes site

The caravan invasion is unlikely to endear Fairview to neighbours who are already unhappy about its plans to build blocks of up to 10 storeys on the land (reduced from 11 storeys after a recent consultation).

Travellers on Fairview New Homes site

Fairview’s plans are currently being considered by Greenwich Council. Its former leader Chris Roberts and chief executive Mary Ney now work for lobbying company Cratus Communications, which is working with Fairview on the development.

Travellers on Fairview New Homes site

One Charlton Champion reader kindly sent in these snaps, saying: “As I went past last night I took some pics and the kids ran out throwing stones and planks of wood at me. They also seem to have a dog unit at the front of the site, guarding it presumably.”

That particular incident has been reported to police. Local residents will now be hoping their new neighbours won’t be around for long.

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Have your say on 11-storey blocks planned for Victoria Way

Fairview render

Developer Fairview New Homes is asking residents what they think of plans to build 370 new homes, including 11-storey blocks, on the site currently occupied by the remaining warehouse units off Victoria Way.

The western part of the site – the former Thorn Lighting factory – was developed a couple of years ago as an extension of Fairthorn Road, providing 209 homes.

Now Fairview wants to finish the job by building blocks of between two-and-a-half and 11 storeys, of which 20% will be “family sized units”, with 148 car parking spaces. 35% of homes will be “affordable”, the firm claims, adding a nursery/creche may be provided on site.

There’ll be no vehicle access to the already-developed part of the site, although it’ll be possible to walk between the two areas.

A consultation event is behind held today (Thursday 16 March) at Charlton House from 6pm to 8.30pm (we only found out about it today), but you can find out more and have your say at www.fairviewvictoriaway.co.uk, including the exhibition boards.

Victoria Way, February 2017

Early concerns are bound to surround the height of the development – but access is also going to be an issue for a development that sits between both Charlton and Westcombe Park stations.

A side entrance to Charlton station was promised at the time of the Sainsbury’s/M&S development but has not materialised – can this development fund that? More ambitiously, should a new bridge across to Westcombe Park station also be built from the original development, to save residents from having to use a dingy alleyway?

It may also be a prompt to do something about rat-running around Victoria Way and Eastcombe Avenue, a problem which some residents feel has increased since the new supermarket development.

Incidentally, this consultation is being run for Fairview by Cratus Communications, whose deputy chair is former Greenwich Council leader Chris Roberts. (This hasn’t stopped the consultation materials being strewn with basic errors about the area, mind…) We will be watching with interest.

(Thanks to Marianna on Twitter for the tip-off.)

The Victoria Way 20mph zone is Go

20140105-120322.jpgA letter to residents from the council’s Strategic Transportation department confirms that the proposals for a 20mph zone in the streets around Victoria Way will go ahead, with work starting Monday 13 January.

The letter states that 460 consultation questionnaires were returned (of 3681 sent), with 75% of respondents being in favour of the proposed changes.

The first phase of work will be the installation of signage and road markings and is expected to take two weeks, after which the installation of speed bumps and cushions will begin. There will be temporary parking restrictions around the works, plus some road closures and diversions on roads which aren’t wide enough for two-way traffic. It’s not clear from the letter how long this second phase of work is expected to take, but it says residents will be informed in advance of parking and traffic restrictions.

The 380 bus will be affected once work starts on Wellington Gardens, Priolo Road and Sundorne Road: while work takes place on Wellington Gradens, eastbound buses will divert via Charlton Road; when work moves to Sundorne and Priolo Roads, westbound services will divert via Charlton Road.

You can read the full letter here:

PS. Greenwich Council has committed to expanding 20mph zones across its borough. Fellow SE Londoners who want 20mph zones in their areas might find this petition for a 20mph zone across Lewisham borough interesting.