11-storey tower proposed for Loampit Vale

Plans have been submitted for the:

"Demolition of existing shop, workshop and 5 no. bedsits at 87-89 Loampit Vale, SE13 and the construction of a part 4, part 11 storey building comprising 49 self-contained dwellings (20 x 1 bedroom, 18 x 2 bedroom and 11 x 3 bedroom); together with four car parking spaces, landscaping and amenity space."

This scheme, by housing association Family Mosaic, is significant in size and would drag the growing Lewisham cluster of tall buildings west, up Loampit Vale, past the railway bridge, which until now has represented a natural firebreak - or as the application would have it: a barrier to growth.

The building would replace a shop front, which is overshadowed by the bridge and an alleyway, which are squished between the bridge and the Tesco garage - making it an unpromising spot for retail. The high rise element would create a tapering effect from the main cluster on the other side of the bridge and make living in such an unpromising spot more palatable.

On balance then, probably good news. But this building is big enough to merit some hefty S106 contributions towards the local community.

Thanks to Joe for the tip off.

14 comments:

Hugh said...

What effect will this have on local house prices?

Headhunter said...

Seems like Lewisham is trying to rival Canary Wharf with tall buildings!

Hugh said...

Headhunter old son how's business?

terrencetrentderby said...

Great we need more homes, unless it's covered in coloured cladding that is

Headhunter said...

Good at the moment. Happy Christmas. How's things with you?

lewishamway said...

What is it with house buliders and council planners? No problem about flat building, (thought some of the exterior decs are questionable) but please provide suitable parkting for the residents. 4 parking spaces for 67 flats - I'm sure not everyone who will live there will have a car, but i bet there will be more that four residents who are car owners.

adam h said...

One of the planning requirements is that residents will not get parking permits and is meant to be a car free development

Mark said...

build real affordable homes for local people!!

Tamsin said...

That only works if the surrounding streets are a CPZ - I'm not sure it extends to that side of the bridge.

Satnav said...

Was that the case with the Seagrams building as well? Leastways there was no parking provision for the new residents. Brookbank road used to be easy to negotiate. Not anymore, particularly for busses. The flurry of parking tickets on car windows on front of the tower will ultimately lead to pressure for a cpz on adjoining streets as they move there. Cpz's are a cash cow. Is there some revenue collection by neglect going on here?

lewishamway said...

ah, i see - didn;t konw that. Bit shortsighted considering many people need to drive for work. Surrounding areas will be clogged up by residents parking in neighbouring roads. I don'tdrive myself, but it I'd think many people would want to know they can park.

I don;t know why they don;t create car park spaces underneath these flats, say a basement, ground floor and first floor. Those double height retail outlets underneath the flats have been empty since they were completed. ditto with Creekside development.

liveroundthecorner said...

.... local parking in the area is becoming a nightmare !! People have cars even if they are not used for daily commuting. Personally I use public transport to go to work, but still have a car to visit family or enjoy days out.

The Big Anchor said...

Brookbank Road is miles away from that building.
It has impacted on the streets around it though.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

The Council admitted in a freedom of information request that it was revenue raising. This is illegal but it simple responded that it is looking at the matter.

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