Views sought on £440m plan to build 1500 homes and regenerate south Thamesmead
PUBLISHED: 11:21 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 10 February 2016
A consultation has been launched to seek the views of Thamesmead residents
Plans to give south Thamesmead a £440m facelift, and rehouse hundreds of residents, are underway, following the launch of a consultation.
Housing association Peabody is seeking responses from local people to its proposals to regenerate south Thamesmead over the next decade, which includes the building of 1500 new homes on the estate on Wolvercote Road.
Peabody plans to rehouse the 596 residents currently living in the Wolvercote Road area to its housing zone on Harrow Manor Way, which recently received a £1m funding boost from Boris Johnson.
The six towers and housing blocks on the site would be demolished under the proposals and replaced by quality, well-designed homes with improved public spaces.
Peabody intends to start a planning application in 2017, with residents being rehoused over three phases, and demolition planned to begin in 2020.
In addition to this, it proposes refurbishing existing homes in Southmere and Parkview that are in need of repair and regularly suffer from cold and damp, with high heating bills.
Many of the windows in the tower blocks on these sites are also due for renewal, while there are also plans to demolish the unsightly Yarnton Way wall to improve access to the area.
The configuration of the current estate, streets, walkways, alleyways and poor lighting make it easier to commit anti-social behaviour and crime, with residents telling Peabody in previous consultations that they feel unsafe as a result.
A number of amenities would be introduced, while work would be done to improve usage of the nearby lakes.
The association’s CEO, Stephen Howlett said: “We are passionate about Thamesmead – the people, the place and its future potential.
“Our proposals take into consideration the wants and needs of the thousands of residents we have consulted over the past two years.
“Our proposals are ambitious but they are based on what we believe we can realistically do.
“Residents are vital to the future of Thamesmead and we want to encourage as many of them as possible to share their views.”
The consultation runs until May 3 and representatives will be knocking the doors of Thamesmead homes in the coming weeks, while residents can also express their views at the following drop-in events:
Parkview - Thursday February 25, 3pm to 8pm and Saturday February 27, 10am to 2pm at The Atrium, Teeswater Court, Middle Way, DA18 4DG
Southmere - Thursday March 3, 3pm to 8pm and Saturday March 5, 10am to 2pm, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Yarnton Way, DA18 4DR
Wolvercote Road - Thursday March 10, 3pm to 8pm and Saturday March 12, 10am to 2pm, Pop in Parlour, Evenlode House, Coralline Walk, SE2 9TP
Alternatively feedback can be submitted online at https://www.thamesmeadnow.org.uk/
Are you a Thamesmead resident affected by the plans? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.