Clive has written to the local planners to set out his objections to plans being proposed by Transport for London to develop their land close to Kidbrooke Station.
In his letter Clive raised his concerns about the scheme in relation to:
- The lack of any plans to radically improve local transport. Clive Stressed the need for a DLR station at Kidbrooke if we are to reduce the demand for road space on the already heavily congested roads around the approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel.
- The suitability of this site for housing. It is located between the A102 and the railway, meaning that it will suffer from a great deal of noise and air pollution.The site is next to the busy Kidbrooke road junction which will add to these problems, particularly if the Silvertown scheme goes ahead with traffic management measures to prevent an increase of vehicles from outside of communities in Greenwich
- The lack of adequate parking provision. The Kidbrooke Village development allocated roughly one parking space for every residential unit which has been proved inadequate and caused severe problems for neighbouring communities. The proposals for the Kidbrooke Station Square proposes only 0.22 parking spaces per unit – less than a quarter of what was provided in the Kidbrooke Village regeneration. This is simply inadequate.
- The site is over developed. It comprises 650 homes and three blocks of 8 storey, three of 14 storeys and two of 24 storeys overshadowing even the controversial 21-storey block proposed for Kidbrooke Village. When TfL first proposed this development, they announced it would provide 400 properties. Now they are looking to cram another 250 people into higher and higher tower blocks. This will present a vista of an unattractive wall of tall tower blocks visible from far away. The view from Blackheath in particular will be intruded on by these blocks.
Clive has asked the Coujncil to reject the proposals for all of these reasons. To see a copy of Clive’s letter, please click here.