Hot on the heels of plans for 341 homes at Victoria Way in Charlton, covered last week, comes a plan for 37 new homes near Charlton Village on Fletching Road. Greenwich Council are behind the plans, which are part of their current home building program. Back in March proposals for 32 homes at Sandpit Place in Charlton were submitted.

The site is currently occupied by Fred Styles House, which was previously used as a sheltered home scheme but closed in 2013.

Before that this stood on the site until around the 1960s:

The development is surrounded by a conservation zone and will be low-rise mews houses. I like the look of this:

It’s good to see more construction from Greenwich Council, and far better designs than previous housebuilding around five years ago which have aged very badly. Unfortunately the borough has some of the harshest limitations on buildings imposed by central government in the country.

That means more people living in unsecured private rentals at high cost which is now costing taxpayers around £9 billion each and every year. Using that money to instead build social homes would produce much employment, more secure tenancies, free up buy-to-lets for first time buyers, reduce private rents and reduce taxpayers spending, or at least see a return on such vast spending instead of lining landlords pockets. But when you have many politicians making money from this situation why would they change it?

Here’s the description of this plan from the Greenwich Planning Portal:

“17/1460/F | Demolition of existing block and garages and construction of 37 residential units comprising 3 x 1-bed, 5 x 2-bed flats and 16 x 1-bed, 7 x 2-bed, 6 x 3-bed houses with associated landscaping, parking and refuse. (This affects the setting of the Charlton Village Conservation Area and the Grade II* Listed Building – St Luke’s Church) | Fred Styles House and Adjacent Garages, 20 Fletching Road, Charlton, SE7″

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