Planning applications submitted on new scheme in Woolwich

By PRP – 20 November 2020

A £220m regeneration scheme in Woolwich is now a step closer to being built. PRP and Lovell Partnerships have submitted planning applications to the Royal Borough of Greenwich to develop a total of 766 quality new homes on the former Morris Walk North and South estates. These applications follow the existing outline planning permissions granted in 2015.

A mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and apartments are proposed, providing new affordable and private sale homes, alongside associated landscaped communal amenity spaces, playspaces, parking and non-residential uses. The new proposals would transform the area and regenerate the obsolete housing estate.

PRP has been designing the scheme collaboratively with Lovell Partnerships and officers at Royal Borough of Greenwich and its Design Review Panel. The layout now proposes a cluster of tall buildings (up to 13 storeys) in the central part of Morris North, which then transitions down in height to take account of the surrounding area.

Apartments in Morris South will be up to six storeys in height, with the taller apartment blocks located along the railway edge. Smaller scale housing will be located to the south of the site ensuring that the scale of the homes sit comfortably with the heights of the existing neighbouring buildings. The proposals also incorporate podium car parking to reduce on street car dominance and create a more pedestrian friendly environment.

An over-arching legal agreement allows for flexibility for each application to provide between 25% and 45% affordable housing. The Morris North and South schemes will therefore provide a total of 253 affordable homes, including 177 affordable rent and 76 shared ownership homes.

The proposals provide a high quality inclusive design which is sympathetic to the surrounding area, strengthening the visual connection across the rail line and providing green links to Maryon Park. The scale and form of the new buildings respond to the existing homes in the immediate context and integrate new green squares for people to meet and play.

Nearly half of all homes on Morris South will be family homes and each individual home meets or exceeds Private Amenity Space requirements, offering a variety of dwelling types that respond to the needs of future residents

If granted full planning permission, it is anticipated Lovell will start on the main build in Autumn 2021.


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