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WOOLWICH SET FOR A MAJOR BOOST AS SPRAY STREET QUARTER PLANS TAKE A STEP FORWARD

Major regeneration plans for Woolwich town centre took a step forward this week as a detailed planning application was submitted to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Spray Street Quarter.

The multi-million pound proposals will see the land between Plumstead Road and Spray Street – including the Plumstead Road covered market – transformed with new private and affordable homes, shops, bars, restaurants and a new cinema.

Together, this new community-orientated development will create new jobs and evening activity, supporting the local economy and helping Woolwich become a dynamic metropolitan town centre for residents and visitors alike.

The ambitious plans have been drawn up by the Spray Street Quarter Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), a joint venture between St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and Notting Hill Housing, one of London’s largest housing associations.

Spray Street Quarter LLP has been working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to deliver the scheme.

The proposals for Spray Street Quarter include:

• Up to 742 new homes (a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, as well as townhouses for families)
• A five-screen cinema
• New shops, restaurants, bars and cafés
• Leisure facilities
• A children’s nursery
• Flexible workspace for start-ups and smaller offices
• A new public square and attractive, landscaped pedestrian routes connecting the development to the new Crossrail station at Royal Arsenal and the wider town centre

The Spray Street Quarter LLP is committed to delivering 35% of the new homes as affordable, both for purchase and to rent.

As well as contributing much-needed new housing in the borough, the plans are expected to generate approximately 440 jobs for local people through the new shops, restaurants, bars, cafés and workspace that will be built as part of the development. In addition, approximately 550 temporary jobs will be created per year during the construction period.

The submission of the planning application follows two rounds of public consultation, first on the initial vision and emerging design in June 2016 and then on the draft plans for the development in April 2017. The response from the public was positive during the 18-month consultation, with a majority of participants supporting the plans.

Spray Street Quarter is exceptionally located for public transport: it is a one minute walk from the existing DLR station and the forthcoming Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) station at Royal Arsenal. Crossrail will open in 2018 and allow Woolwich residents to reach the City (Liverpool Street) in 14 minutes and the West End (Bond Street) in only 22 minutes.

Tim Seddon, Property Director for the South East at St. Modwen, said:

“Submitting the planning application represents a major milestone for the regeneration. The plans will be a major boost to Woolwich, providing a new quarter for the town centre, offering additional reasons to visit or stay in the town during the day and the evening. Besides providing high-quality new homes, the new development will generate over 400 new, permanent full-time jobs for local people.”

John Hughes, Group Development Director at Notting Hill Housing, added:

“We are committed to continue to work with the local community and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to deliver an exemplary regeneration for Woolwich and were thrilled to see a high level of support for our plans during consultation. By bringing new residents and facilities to the local area, as well as providing much-needed affordable housing, the plans will support Woolwich’s growth and benefit local people.”

If the planning application is approved, Spray Street Quarter LLP will begin the process of acquiring the land necessary to deliver the regeneration. Construction could begin in 2020, with aim of completion four to five years after that. In December 2017, it was announced that a temporary Street Feast food market would open in the covered market space in the meantime.

More information can be found on the project website (www.spraystreetquarter.co.uk). You can also contact the development team on 020 7323 3544 or info@spraystreetquarter.co.uk.