Peabody is working with the London Borough of Bexley to deliver around 1,500 new homes on sites along Harrow Manorway through the Mayor of London’s Housing Zone programme. These plans will transform the route along from Abbey Wood station into South Thamesmead to coincide with the arrival of the Elizabeth line to the area.
The proposals include more than 500 new homes, a new library, commercial spaces and lakeside square at the Southmere Village site, which is the first phase of the housing zone, next to Southmere Lake. There will also be around 1,000 new homes at Coralline Walk, Binsey Walk and Sedgemere Road over the next ten years.
London Borough of Bexley gave Peabody planning consent in October 2016 based on their detailed planning application for Southmere Village and an outline planning application for the other phases of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.
This is one of two Housing Zones to be delivered in Thamesmead by Peabody in partnership with the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough Greenwich with more than £47.5m investment from the Greater London Authority.
Demolition of footbridge
An area of the walkway on Yarnton Way near Maplin, Clewer and Wyfold Houses will also be temporarily closed for approximately two weeks to allow us to safely undertake the demolition works.
Look out for notices in the area that will provide further details.
There are two alternative pedestrian routes across Yarnton Way. The first is the zebra crossing near to the Yarnton Way/Harrow Manorway roundabout. The second is in the Parkview area at the footbridge which connects Wolvercote Road (at the base of Radley House) and Southmere Square.
Demolition of former New Acres Library
The footbridge near the elevated roundabout in Harrow Manorway was taken down in May. The next step is to demolish the former New Acres library building, along with the remaining ramps and steps. Works are due to begin later this month and will be finished before the end of the year. Works should not cause any significant disruption to residents.
We will also be removing the pile of crushed concrete nearest to Tilehurst Point, this will begin in October. We recognise this has taken too long to resolve but we will have now completed the procurement of a contractor to get this done as soon as possible. The remaining crushed concrete piled further away from people’s homes will be re-used in the new Southmere Village.
Closure of Binsey Walk MUGA
The multi-use games area (MUGA) near the former New Acres Library will be closed from Wednesday 1 November. There is another MUGA available at Maran Way/Wolvercote Road within a 10-minute walk of this one.
There are a number of other sports activities available in Thamesmead, from the newly opened Curlew Close Skate Park to the outdoor gym at The Link Thamesmead on Bazalgette Way and £1 activities offered by Now’s the Time Thamesmead, many of which are based at Sporting Club Thamesmead in Bayliss Avenue.
Alongside these plans, Peabody has put forward proposals for a large investment across South Thamesmead over the next ten years.
These proposals include redevelopment of the Wolvercote Road area, refurbishment of the tower blocks in the Parkview and Southmere neighbourhoods and a big transformation of the public realm.
Find out more at www.ThamesmeadNow.org.uk/whats-happening/south.