Convoys Wharf public consultation

We're late to the party with this one, but the public consultation for the latest iteration of the Convoys Wharf redevelopment plans takes place today at the Deptford Methodist Church, 1 Creek Road, SE8 3BT, until 2pm.


The Deptford Dame has been through the new plans and reckons that the main differences are:

- Less employment space (from 26,000 to 19,000 square metres)
- More leisure space (from 23,500 to 30,600 square metres), which includes a hotel that will help offset the lack of new jobs
- A new category of "wharf floorspace", which will take up 32,200 square metres.

One of her readers believes that 2,300 parking spaces will be provided at ground level under many of the buildings, with the housing gated off, both of which would damage its appeal as a destination for non-residents.


13 comments:

Tamsin said...

How can they possibly justify cutting back business space given the massive cuts proposed for Council employees. Something must take up the slack unless the borough is to become nothing but a mix of dormitory for city workers and ghetto for the unemployed.

Brockley Nick said...

I guess on the basis that they don't believe it will be taken up. As I said, the hotel that's replacing it will still create plenty of jobs.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that the scheme will require 2000+ car parking spaces. That's a real bitter pill to swallow for a scheme like that. This area is not without congestion as it is. I don't mind high density constructions providing there is adequate infrastructure, what about bus and rail/dlr provision?

Also a state of the art library would be good for that location too.

Tamsin said...

And there will be a huge demand for a hotel?

It's a cop out to what someone has sold them as an easy option and because - despite the hype in Lewisham Life - there is no real pro-active commitment to supporting small business in the borough.

Now Then said...

Interesting that this Convoys Wharf project requires 2000 extra parking spaces and that Lewisham Gateway requires erm zero. Totally different types of people , obviously.

Anonymous said...

There'll be even less come April judging by the proposed cuts Tamsin!

Tressilliana said...

I haven't looked at the plans but my first thought whenever I hear about this huge space to be re-developed is why on earth hasn't the Council insisted on building one or more schools there? We have a desperate shortage of school places in the borough and if more people come to live in the borough that will get worse.

(I see I made exactly this point in the last thread. One track mind!)

Anonymous said...

Given the slowdown in school building that's worth considering. Expect it would take a while to implement, an idea for the future perhaps? Also did I read about a lack of family homes being built in London? It's one of the things you need to stop it being a dorm area, like the SE8 development which seems to bring little to the area.

Deptford dame said...

@tressiliana there is a school included in the plans. Whether any funding will be available to build it is another matter.

Tressilliana said...

Thanks, DD. I didn't delve into the detail of the plans. Primary, secondary or all through?

Anonymous said...

Do you read Estates Gazette?

Office space is oversupplied wheras retailers and others are actually placing ads asking for sites they can expand into.

There's a hotel down the road, Hilton Docklands on Rotherhithe Street, they seem to be doing fine.

Brockley Nick said...

Exactly, why couldn't a hotel work there? And a hotel would probably create a lot more jobs accessible to Lewisham people unable to find work than the equivalent floor space of office development.

Although, if you consult Estates Gazette, you'll see the rental price for office space in central London is on an upswing again.

Deptford dame said...

@tressiliana - it's a primary school and Lewisham has also asked for a financial contribution towards an off-site secondary. Details here http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/2010/03/plans-for-school-at-convoys-wharf.html

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