Plans are in for 23 flats behind the old library site in East Greenwich on Tunnel Avenue. The planning reference is 16/3858/F. Thanks to a comment from Gordon of Greenwich giving me the heads up with this.

It joins a large number of small to mid-size plans around there. This one is over the road behind the old fire station:

student flats 3d model

This one the other side of the former library on Denham Street:

denham street 33 flats student

And a fair few more down by the ugly junction, as well as the large Greenwich Square scheme:

cycle shop
Former cycle warehouse shop
Greenwich square development on former hospital site
greenwich social club
Greenwich Social Club rebuild

With all the homes coming to the Peninsula and Charlton Riverside it looks very short sited to have sold off the former Greenwich hospital site. A&E patients in an ambulance are not going to reach Woolwich (or Lewisham) quickly with traffic levels.

And is it too much to hope that all these developments, and the money they bring, be used to improve the poor public realm and streetscapes around there? Even a lick of paint on the railings would help. The money from Greenwich council’s £400,000 HILLS scheme two years ago was supposed to improve street furniture but there’s scant evidence of it. This is from that time and was supposed to be carried out by 2016:

woolwich road flyover public realm

The answer is often do nothing as a bigger scheme is coming along sometime and hopefully not too far away. Often it’s a mythical wait for jam tomorrow meaning nothing happens today and for years after. We saw it for 20 years in Abbey Wood with Crossrail coming hence do nothing. Then the station related public realm upgrade was announced and it didn’t cover 90% of the main adjacent shopping street. So a separate scheme still had to be drawn up.

Could it now be that Silvertown Tunnel and a future Cycle Superhighway mean little is being done – even simple things such as painting and installing higher quality street furniture and paving which could be re-used? If so those potential schemes are many years off, if ever coming, and no excuse to do so little day to day.