Greenwich plans for 1,250 new homes including new high street and shops

Peninsula Gardens, Greenwich, London, UK
-Credit: (Image: Assael Architecture / Weybourne)

Plans have been revealed for more than 1,250 new homes in Greenwich including a new high street and public square. The project, called Peninsula Gardens, would include blocks of up to 20 storeys being built at the Millennium Retail Park in Greenwich.

Planning documents from Assael Architecture, on behalf of Weybourne, said the project would deliver 1,251 new homes, 35 per cent of which would be 'affordable'. It would also include space for shops, a new public square and high street in the site’s centre and residential streets with walking routes.

The new public space would include an oval shaped lawn and water feature, while each apartment would reportedly have its own private balcony, terrace or garden. The taller buildings in the scheme would also include green roofs and social spaces, with the homes being delivered in a series of blocks in stepped heights ranging from four storeys up to 20.

The plans said: "The proposed scheme provides the opportunity to sustainably re-develop an otherwise under-utilised brownfield site to create a new residential led mixed use neighbourhood that ties together the existing and emerging neighbourhoods that surround the site."

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Peninsula Gardens, Greenwich, London, UK
A CGI of the public square planned for the project -Credit:Assael Architecture / Weybourne.

The new scheme would be built upon the B&Q and Tradepoint stores currently on the site, while the Ikea and Odeon branches would remain intact. The site currently includes 1,035 commercial parking spaces, of which 856 would be retained.

The plans added that there was a potential to replace this parking provision with additional shops in future if the opportunity arose. Existing routes at the site such as Peartree Way and Commercial Way are also intended to have improvements and greenery added to them.

The plans for the project date back to 2020 during which consultation meetings were held between the previous developer for the scheme London Square and stores of the retail park on the site. The project went through several iterations following feedback from the Greater London Authority and Greenwich Council as well as rounds of public consultation in 2021.

Planning documents said: "The scale, massing and quantum of development has been subject to extensive testing, including wind and air quality, during the design development stage to ensure that the development sits comfortably within its local context, while making the best use of the site in accordance with planning policy."

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