Peabody, one of London's largest and oldest housing associations, has been granted permission by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to build its first development in West Thamesmead.
Designed by award winning architects, Pitman Tozer, The Reach is a 66-new-home development that forms part of the Greater London Authority's £47.5m investment for Thamesmead as part of their Housing Zone programme.
Based opposite the parade of shops in Battery Road, The Reach was submitted to planning in July after a spring public consultation and will offer a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom affordable new homes, a spacious communal garden and a commercial unit on the ground floor. Works are expected to begin on site in February 2017 and be completed by December 2018.
The Reach complements Peabody's wider-plans to develop around 1,000 new homes in Pettman Crescent and Griffin Manor Way as part of the GLA's Abbey Wood, Plumstead and West Thamesmead Housing Zone which will be submitted for planning permission in 2017.
Peabody's Executive Director for Thamesmead, John Lewis, said: “We are delighted that the council has approved our plans and we can get to work delivering new homes and commercial space for residents in West Thamesmead. These will be the first new Peabody homes to be completed in Thamesmead, hopefully in time for Christmas 2018. The new homes will be close to the town centre, in the area that will particularly benefit from the DLR coming across the river, and will be the first of more than 3,000 new homes to rent and buy in London's new town.”
Luke Tozer, Pitman Tozer Architects said: “The curved form of the building facing onto the existing local centre is a reflection of the existing form, with complementary ground floor commercial use. This will seed the improvement of the civic realm and, with improved landscaping, will kick-start the transformation into a new vibrant civic space for the local area. The mixed size and types of new homes are designed around a new generous private communal garden at the heart of the scheme, so that each enjoys dual aspect, cross ventilation and the joy of a beautifully landscaped shared space. The scale, form and architecture of the building and the quality of materials and landscape will set a new standard for West Thamesmead and mark the start of Peabody's ambitions for the wider regeneration of Plumstead and West Thamesmead.”
Permission for The Reach is announced the week after the London Borough of Bexley gave planning permission for 1,500 new homes to be built in South Thamesmead.
The Abbey Wood, Plumstead and West Thamesmead Housing Zone is being led by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone is being led by the London Borough of Bexley, both are being delivered by Peabody who are investing £1bn in Thamesmead and £47.5m funding from the Greater London Authority.