We are eager to hear local people’s views. This consultation aims to ensure that people share our vision for the future of this part of Greenwich, alongside offering the local community the best opportunity to understand and contribute to the ongoing design process.
The plans are at an early stage and further detail will be shared throughout the coming months. The detail of the proposals will evolve in response to feedback from the community Greenwich Council, the GLA and other stakeholders.
As you go through the exhibition, you will have the option to provide your feedback at the end of each section. We request that you share your feedback by 5th April 2021. This will allow us to review feedback to inform our design process.
The proposals will deliver much-needed new homes – including affordable housing – with a focus on the environment and wellbeing.
The site is well connected locally by public transport – including frequent buses to North Greenwich to access the Jubilee Line – and is located within a rapidly developing area.
At the same time, our proposals will respond to the constraints presented by the site’s proximity to the Blackwall Tunnel Approach (A102) and the impacts that the noise and pollution have on the area. Our innovative response to this is outlined on the following pages.
1. Do you agree that the site is in need of redevelopment?
2. Do you use the site regularly? If so, for what?
We are carefully considering the site’s relationship with existing and emerging developments in the neighbouring area.
The site neighbours the Greenwich Millennium Village Masterplan, the Greenwich Peninsula West Masterplan and Charlton Riverside. The site itself is not subject to an existing site allocation or wider masterplan, but is identified within the Greenwich Peninsula Opportunity Area and is therefore a strategic location where the Council and the GLA want to see new homes and employment opportunities. This flexibility allows our vision for the site to be informed by evolving local needs and feedback received during our consultation process.
The proposals will replace hard, tarmacked land with soft landscaping and a sustainable neighbourhood. An innovative and environmentally friendly approach will be reflected in both the public spaces and the design and materials used for the new buildings.
An initial concept of our proposals is a ‘Green Shield’; a mix of trees and planting, a living wall and the building form itself which will help protect the public spaces – including the public square – and residential gardens to the north and ensure these are healthy and safe spaces for residents to enjoy.
We envisage this running along the entire southern edge of the site to respond to the challenge presented by the noise and pollution from the Blackwall Tunnel Approach (A102). At the same time, it will create new habitats for local wildlife and will be an attractive, innovative feature of a sustainable, green development.
The Green Shield forms part of our wider design approach, which incorporates nature-friendly design principles – promoting views of water, trees and greening within the new public spaces and landscaped paths.
The design also seeks to promote healthy habits, including spending time outdoors; cycling; and exercise. Protected green gardens will provide spaces for residents to relax, play and keep fit. Rooftop allotments and large communal amenity areas will help to foster community spirit and connect residents to their neighbourhood and to nature.
Our vision for the site is to create an oasis for urban wildlife that will be connected to green spaces in the surrounding area.
An extensive green roof and landscaping strategy for the site will include the Green Shield and ecological features, such as bee-friendly planting, insect hotels and bird and bat boxes.
The development will serve as an ecological bridge between the suburban gardens of Westcombe Park and the green spaces within the Greenwich Millennium Village Ecological Park, creating a new green link in a chain of habitat spaces across Greenwich.
We are meeting with local ecology and wildlife groups and would welcome your ideas on how we can support the local environment and promote ecological diversity across the site.
3: Do you make use of local green spaces? If so, which ones?
4: What do you use your local green spaces for? (e.g. Walking, running, kids playing, meeting friends, quiet relaxation)
5: Are there good examples locally of public spaces with an attractive approach to landscaping? What is it that you like about these spaces?
6: Can you share any ideas or local organisations that are actively involved in sustainability in the local area?
Our award-winning architects, Assael, have extensive experience of working within the constraints of large and complex sites such as this to deliver high-quality homes and attractive neighbourhoods. Subject to planning permission, the homes will be built by London Square.
The new neighbourhood will include:
7: What do you think a new neighbourhood in this location needs in order to be successful?
8: What do you like about the existing neighbourhoods and what do you think could be improved on?
9: How long have you lived in the area? What attracted you to Greenwich Peninsula?
We are envisaging some taller elements; 3-4 buildings will be clustered around the central public square, creating a focal point at the heart of the site. These taller buildings will vary in height, with some at 14 storeys and some with the potential to reach a maximum of 20 storeys. This height is below other schemes in the Greenwich Pensinsula and will help create more public realm and amenity space on the ground and lower floors. The taller buildings will also provide opportunities for shared roof terraces that maximise views to the Thames.
Green and biodiverse roofs will collect rainwater, while cooling the building in summer and providing habitats for birds and insects.
Transport & Connections
The proposals will create a new pedestrian connection to Greenwich Millennium Village, encouraging people to walk between these neighbourhoods. We are also exploring options to improve wider connections in and around the site and improve the pedestrian and cycling experience.
We would welcome your views on the existing pedestrian and cycling experience in and around the retail park and we would be interested to hear your ideas about how this can be improved.
The proposed residential development will be ‘car-free’, with spaces provided only for disabled residents. Residents will benefit from the site’s public transport links, including nearby Westcombe Park and North Greenwich stations and regular buses to the Greenwich Peninsula.
The proposals will also encourage cycling, with extensive secure cycle parking provided for new residents, public cycle parking for visitors and hire cycle spaces provided on the existing bus and cycle route.
Customer vehicle access to the site will continue to be from the south, as it is now. There is not expected to be a noticeable impact on traffic flows on nearby roads, as no additional parking is proposed. The team will be undertaking a robust series of transport studies to ensure we identify the optimum solution for the site.
The new retail car park will be ‘future-proofed’, designed so as to be easily adapted to other uses as and when demand for vehicle parking falls in the future.
10: Do you visit the retail park currently? If so, why do you visit? (e.g. for shopping or travelling through to reach another location)
11: How do you usually travel to the site when you visit? Do you visit on foot/bike, via public transport or a private vehicle? Is there a reason you use this particular form of transport?
12: Would you be more willing to travel via sustainable methods if the site was safer and offered better connections to the local area?
Public Spaces & Amenities
A vibrant new public square will be the focal point for the new neighbourhood and will be designed to accommodate a wide variety of activities, including outdoor markets and community events. New commercial uses, including shops and restaurants, will front onto this public square
Around 3,000 - 4,000 sqm of new commercial space will be created around the new public square, including shops, cafés and restaurants that will benefit residents and create new employment opportunities for local people.
The commercial space will provide opportunities for new uses, such as smaller supermarkets, that are not currently available in the local area and would benefit both residents of the new development and people from other neighbourhoods.
Our approach to the commercial space will be informed by local needs and priorities. We welcome feedback from local people on what they would like to see or what they feel is currently lacking in the local area. We want to work with neighbours to identify local needs and priorities for retail and community uses, as we are aware that the current offer is limited.
13: Do you make use of the facilities currently located in Millennium Retail Park? If so, what do you make use of and how regularly?
14:Are there shops or retail/leisure uses missing from the local area, particularly in and around the neighbourhoods located close to the site? What types of shops, restaurants, cafés or other retailers do you think would be popular with local people on this site?
15: Thinking about the existing public spaces in the area, what do you feel a new public square would need to be attractive to local people?
16: Would you describe the retail park as family-friendly? How could a new high street and public space be made more family-friendly?
This is the first stage of our consultation process. We will continue to meet with local residents and groups and hold further online consultation as our proposals continue to develop.
We are eager to hear local people’s views. This consultation aims to ensure people share our vision for the future of this part of Greenwich and to give the local community an early opportunity to understand and contribute to the ongoing design process.
Once we have reviewed the feedback from this first round of consultation, we will continue to progress our plans. We will share further plans with the community later this year, prior to submitting a planning application in Autumn 2021.
On the next page you can find a summary of your answers, which can be submitted alongside your contact details.
If you are a local resident with further questions or a member of a local group that would like to arrange a meeting with the team, please get in touch with the team using the contact details provided.
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