Alcatel-Lucent / Cathedral
Outline planning consent was granted in April 2014 for the redevelopment of the Alcatel site at Christchurch Way in East Greenwich. The development is a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent and the Cathedral Group to refurbish the Alcatel-Lucent factory and provide housing. The scheme incorporates 272 homes on a 0.83 hectare residential site spread over four blocks, one of which is an 18 storey tower. The development borders a Victorian conservation area and the Enderby Wharf construction site. Construction has not yet started.
The project was granted full planning consent on the 16th October, 2014. Alcatel-Lucent plan to start demolition in May 2015 (approx).
EGRA was fully involved in the consultation process, but opposed the plans due to:
the very high density levels which which exceed London Plan guidelines
the low level of family housing (17%) and affordable housing (15%)
the inclusion of an 18 storey block on a small site neighbouring a Victorian conservation area
the absence of a commitment to generate any local employment opportunities.
EGRA’s voice was heard and echoed by several of the Councillors at the Planning Board meeting on 1 April 2014. Nonetheless, the vote amongst the Board was split, with the Chair exercising his casting vote in favour of the recommendation to grant planning consent.
EGRA is waiting for details of developer contributions as part of section 106 planning obligations, currently under negotiation.