Greenwich Council asks for views on nearly 200 Kidbrooke council homes

Kidbrooke Park Road render
The 10-storey building on Kidbrooke Park Road would be the first tall Greenwich Council block for many years

Greenwich Council is consulting this weekend on plans to build 197 council homes in Kidbrooke – including on green space off Rochester Way and the old Thomas Tallis school site.

The plans make up nearly a quarter of the council’s Greenwich Builds programme to start 750 new council homes by 2022. All homes will go to those on the council’s 20,000-strong waiting list, of which 7,000 have been waiting for more than five years.

An online consultation into controversial plans for 80 homes off Rochester Way began on Monday. The plans for the Brook Estate include homes off Bournbrook Road, Ridgebrook Road, and Halsbrook Road.

Residents who live near the new homes have objected to the proposals, with over 500 people signing a petition and a local campaign group, Save The Brooks, fearing that their suburban neighbourhood will become “a high density community”.

While green spaces on either side of Rochester Way will go, the council says it will work with local residents to improve the spaces that will be kept. The consultation is open until Sunday at thebrooks.commonplace.is.

Brook Estate render
The Brook Estate scheme would see homes built alongside Rochester Way

Meanwhile, another consultation starts today into 117 homes including a 10-storey block on part of the old Thomas Tallis School site off Kidbrooke Park Road.

While many of the new homes on the Brook Estate will be houses, the plans for Kidbrooke Park Road are for 101 flats and 16 three-bedroom maisonettes.

The development also includes a nursery, while just seven disabled car parking spaces will be provided in an area close to bus routes and Kidbrooke station.

853 reported last month that the Kidbrooke Park Road scheme was being brought forward, following complaints from Brook Estate residents that their green space was being lost while the brownfield Tallis site was being left neglected.

This consultation lasts until 19 July at kidbrookeparkroad.commonplace.is.

Separately, councillors will decide on Tuesday on plans for a new phase of Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village development, which will involve the loss of the OneSpace community centre.

The plans are 1,306 homes in blocks of up to 17 storeys – 302 more than originally planned. 38.5 per cent of the homes will be “affordable” – 11.5 per cent will be for London Affordable Rent (about half market rents) and 27 per cent will be for shared ownership.


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