905 new homes planned at The Wharves in Deptford

Deptford Dame has trumped our own, comparatively pitiful, housing development story with this scoop about a proposal for a large chunk of Deptford, called 'The Wharves', which would occupy the land between Deptford Park and Pepys Park and reinstate the Surrey Canal.

Well played, Deptford. With thanks to Crofton Park Ranger.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks liek an improvement on what is there. Will th ewater feature follow the original canal route.

maxink said...

This is the site that Mayor Bullock said he would not consider for a school becasue developers where interested in it.

Pete said...

Well maybe a secondary school would have been a better option but even this would be a MASSIVE improvement on what is currently there. I used to live a few hundred meters up the road from there and that little corner of Lewisham is a complete dump.

Danja said...

Did he explain what that meant?

(And what did you take it to mean?)

Deptford dame said...

@ anon - part of the canal route is recreated (the west end) but the east end is not.

maxink said...

A school would not have taken more than 25% of that site.

Anonymous said...

It's not 'reinstating the canal', they're just suggesting a water feature that follows some of where the canal used to be.

Anonymous said...

Psst..what about Convoy's Wharf?

Brockley Nick said...

@anon - re: convoy's wharf. There's a little bit of movement on this - not enough for its own article, yet...

Danja said...

Ok, as you are not going to even try to answer, I'm going to take your comment as political mud-slinging.

There could be perfectly rational and sensible explanations for it (like the compulsory purchase value).

Hugh said...

'comparatively'

Kids these days.

Brockley Nick said...

Thanks Hugh, it will be changed.

maxink said...

Danja, where you referring to me? Apologies if I didn't answer, but I didn't understand you were talking to me as there wasn't my name there, the common method to get people's attention is in fact to add their names.

I wasn't mud slinging, which is not what I do, just quoting Mayor Bullock from his written reply to a question at Council about that plot of land.
I was meaning to post the question here yesterday but it took me much longer than expected to find it, now I found it and here it is:
http://bit.ly/cnUJX6

maxink said...

To put the issue in historical context, this question and answer of June 2005 refers to that site as it was submitted to Council's attention in October 2004 in response to Mayor Bullock's challenge to everyone to come up with alternative sites proposal for a new school.
This proposal was rejected for soil contamination, being in employment use and land assembly issues.

Danja said...

OK thanks Max, thought it was obvious enough from the context but fair enough.

The actual reasoning was that the land deal would be too difficult, and that he didn't propose to go back and look at it given the developer's intentions (read, massive legal battle, not worth the money or delay). Seems fair enough, no?

maxink said...

Hi Danja, sounds fair enough, but is it?
To go back to the three reasons given for rejection, no, neither of them stood to scrutiny. The land is not particularly contaminated, the Council was in the process of revisiting its allocated use and enough of it was in single ownership.

As for the length of time it would take to get hold of it, depends by the approach. It doesn't have to be always battles and CPOs, although a threat of CPO can be part of a carrot and stick approach.

Here there was a developer interested in getting hold of land for developments and a Council involved in land assembly and land disposal for regeneration schemes across the borough (Loampit Vale for example).
I think it's fair to say that the Council was in the position to approach the developers and propose involvement in other schemes around the borough in exchange for part of that plot for a school use, that's joined up thinking, after all the Regeneration department was the one involved in all this.

Fizzy said...

Not everyone's priority I'm sure, but we lose an extremely helpful/useful car scrap yard ... I hope they don't get put out of business,

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