Greenwich resolves to approve plans for 400 homes at Woolwich Crossrail station

Out-Law News | 04 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm | 1 min. read

Greenwich Council has resolved to approve Crossrail Limited's proposals for a residential development of nearly 400 homes at the site of the forthcoming Woolwich Crossrail station in south east London.

The proposed development, to be called Armourer's Court, will include five residential buildings, from 10 to 25 storeys in height, arranged around a private central garden and a building containing plant and ventilation equipment for the station. The buildings will house 394 homes in a mix of studio to four-bedroom apartments, and on-site affordable housing provision of 58 homes, or 15%, is proposed.

The residential buildings will be constructed from red brick and glass, with bronze metallic panels. According to the planning statement submitted with the application, the "red stock brick is a reference to the predominant material of the historic buildings on the Royal Arsenal site", and the "metallic panel is a reference to the industrial processes carried out on the site when it was part of the Royal Armouries".

The scheme also includes plans for 734 square metres of flexible commercial space, in three two-storey units at the perimeter of the development. Two car parks providing a total of 48 car parking spaces, and a dedicated cycle store with 460 cycle spaces are proposed.

The plans were on the agenda for a meeting of the Council's planning board on 1 September, having been recommended for approval in a planning officer's report. The board resolved unanimously to grant permission for the proposals, subject to conditions, a planning agreement and the approval of the mayor of London.

"The successful development of this site will be another major step forward in the regeneration of Woolwich," said Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay in a statement. "This is part of our ongoing efforts to breathe new life into areas above and around our new stations. Crossrail is helping to boost the supply of new homes across the capital."

Crossrail said that it would "market the Armourer's Court site to potential development partners in the coming year" and that it "aims to commence construction once [Woolwich Crossrail] station has been completed in 2018".