115 Greenwich Council flats planned for old Thomas Tallis School site

Old Thomas Tallis School
The Tallis site has been empty since the school moved in 2011

Greenwich Council is to move forward with plans to build 115 homes on part of the former Thomas Tallis School site on Kidbrooke Park Road, according to a paper to be discussed bv senior councillors later this month.

The site has long been earmarked for housing, but did not appear in two lists of sites for new council homes that were released in February and April 2019, as part of a pledge to begin work on 750 new homes before 2022.

Now the council is planning to build 24 one-bedroom flats, 60 two-bedroom flats, 10 three-bedroom flats, 15 three-bedroom maisonettes, six four-bedroom flats and a nursery on the land, which has been empty since the school was rebuilt on an adjacent site in 2011.

Greenwich Council’s cabinet, its senior decision-making body, is set to approve the plans at a meeting on Monday 17 June. Plans to build at Warren Court, off Charlton Church Lane, and Samuel Street and Mulgrave Road in Woolwich are also being formally abandoned.

Back in October 2018, an initial council paper stated the Tallis site could hold 400 homes. However, only part of the site is to be built on in this scheme. It is across the road from Kidbrooke Station Square, a project backed by TfL to build 650 homes, and close to Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village development.

The delay in getting the land onto the housebuilding programme has led to anger elsewhere in Kidbrooke, where residents of the Brook Estate – where the council wants to build 82 homes on green space off Rochester Way – questioned why the brownfield Tallis site was not being brought forward instead.

Most of the Greenwich Builds programme is on small plots of land such as old garages. Four homes in Robert Street, Plumstead, have already been built; 11 sites are being built, ten have planning permission and six are due to go to a planning committee soon. Consultations on sites in Tuskar Street, Greenwich, and Well Hall Road, Eltham, took place last month.

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