Pub operator Antic have been looking at opening a second pub in Woolwich for a fair amount of time. Planning permission was granted almost three years ago for a site on the other side of the town centre opposite the Travelodge hotel. Now further steps hare being taken. They already operate the Woolwich Equitable on General Gordon Square.

Here’s details of the pub site approved back in 2014:

“GRANTED 15 January 2014: Change of use of ground floor and basement level from (A1) use/retail to (A4) use/public house with the installation of a new shop frontage and bin store to the side elevation”

There has been little movement since, except Greenwich Council blocking opening on a weekend past 11pm. But now a further planning application has gone in:

“16/3228/F | Partial change of use of basement from Ancillary Storage (A1) to Public House (A4) including the installation of an external staircase and new windows. | 132-136 POWIS STREET, WOOLWICH, SE18″

Here’s a drawing from the application:


It’s a gorgeous building despite it’s run down current state, like so many on that side of town. The fenestration on the left building seems to have inspired Berkeley’s future riverside towers.

Three years delay is probably explained by very slow progress in renovating this end of town. Many shopfronts are still in  a very poor state.

But plans are finally underway. The former Co op beside this site is just completing. They’ve done a good job with the refurbishment, which was in line to be demolished to make way for a car park until the 2008 crash halted that misguided scheme, though I’ve heard some worrying reports that the developer is using Help to Buy as an excuse to offer potential buyers smaller flats than originally agreed. Another triumph for Help to Buy then, which is more like help for existing owners and developers.

And around the corner is the tower at Callis Yard. Builders are now on site with piling underway. I covered this development here.

Callis Yard 3

Also nearby are plans for Mortgramit Square covered here.

Mortgramit screening

This plan from United Living could possibly see a 24-storey tower on the car wash site opposite Waterfront Leisure Centre. Apartology has covered it here.

Berkeley are also currently constructing two riverside towers, work on the third is just beginning and planning for another group has been submitted.

Phase 3

And then there’s scope for building over the road from the pub site. It’s currently a large, single level car park:


Barracks Closing

News out today will also lead to upheaval and more housing in the town. The Ministry of Defence has announced that the Barracks are to close as part of a wide-ranging sell-off. The site has existed since 1802. The site will likely house many thousands in coming decades.

It’s the latest in a string of closures in Woolwich. In recent years the Fire Station, Police Station, Magistrates Court and County Court have all closed. It does still have a hospital, though that recently came in for heavy criticism.