Thank you for taking the time to view our Macbean Street proposals. We are relying on your feedback ahead of submitting an amended scheme so please do consider leaving your thoughts throughout. ‘Macbean Street’ is a non-industrial brownfield site of 1.175 hectares that is unused and largely clear save for three non-listed buildings, known as the Macbean Centre. The structural report for the Macbean Centre concluded that the existing buildings have suffered from sustained neglect and are generally in a poor condition. The western edge of the Macbean Street site lies within the adopted Woolwich Town Centre Conservation Area
a) The existing site & buildings are in need of redevelopment
b) What is your biggest concern regarding redevelopment?
c) What is your biggest priority for the proposals?
You are in step one
We have made a series of changes to the submitted scheme in order to better reflect feedback from local residents and stakeholders. Our previous scheme proposed five buildings named A, B, C, D and E, ranging in height from 5 to 22 storeys. Whilst the principles of development were sound, some elements of the scheme required improvement:
Our brief, for the amended scheme, has been to find a design that responds to this feedback:
But we also want to respond to the brief whilst maintaining the positives that came out of the first consultation:
d) Were you aware of these plans beforehand?
You are in step two
In our new designs, we have moved away from the previous ‘collection of tall towers’, to a new terrace of well-defined buildings. The aim is that this new collection of buildings will create a picturesque and historic townscape for Woolwich.
With feedback and the brief in mind, the new designs will redistribute the height and massing of the proposals to reduce the impact of the buildings:
e) I am pleased with the proposed design.
You are in step three
Although we’ve changed the composition and design of the proposals, as based on feedback from the local community, we’ve done this without compromising on aspects of the scheme that were well-liked. The proposed public realm has been informed by our desire to create a place the local community. One that is safe, and active:
We have taken care to make sure that the scheme is accessible and provides a range of activities to complement the emerging scheme and wider community:
f) I support the proposed access and public realm strategy
You are in step four
As part of our commitment to creating an active and safe place for the local community, we hope to include a mix of uses that will all contribute to the future of Macbean Street. Our previous feedback indicates that these are popular additions to the proposals. So, we have looked to refine and include them in the new scheme. We will be including:
g) Flexible commercial space and storage for market traders are welcome additions
You are in step five
As with our previous scheme, we are looking to incorporate a high standard of sustainable development, with a raft of environmental benefits:
Additionally, our scheme will promote an active and healthy lifestyle through the means of sustainable transport. The Macbean Street site has a PTAL Rating of 6a (the second best).
h) Strong measures to ensure that the scheme is sustainable have been taken
You are in step six
Like our previous submission, we want to create 621 new Built-to-Rent homes, a reduction of 20 homes from the previous submission. This reduction has been done to incorporate four-bedroom affordable homes, which have been introduced on the advice of the local community who identified the shortage of family-sized affordable homes in Woolwich. Previously, the previous scheme did not include four-bedroom homes. The scheme’s Build-to-Rent homes are developed solely as rental properties that are not for sale on the open market. Feedback on the use of Build-to-Rent in Macbean Street has been positive.
Build-to-Rent homes are made for the squeezed middle that can’t qualify for social housing nor afford private rent. Build-to-Rent offers several benefits for this group who may, for instance, be saving for a deposit. We recognise the diverse housing need in the borough, and in response to this we will be providing new homes at a range of different rent levels. The development is seeking to deliver 20% of all units as affordable housing. All of these homes will be pepper-potted across the development and have access to all amenities, to promote an inclusive and mixed community. A range of discount market rents shall be available as part of the affordable housing offer. These are all intermediate products, with 30% designated London Living Rent and 70% Genuinely Affordable.
High Quality Homes and Services
Fair Terms for All Tenants
All residents will be able to enjoy a high standard of wellbeing, including cycle spaces, storage, gym and swimming pool. These facilities will contribute to the scheme’s overall amenity, and in respect of the swimming pool shall provide a range of health and wellness benefits to residents whilst also contributing to its child play space offer.
i) Do you support the scheme’s housing offer?
You are in step seven
In summary, we are proposing new buildings ranging from 5 to 22 storeys in a residential-led mixed-use development comprising 621 new Build-to-Rent homes with amenity, public realm, flexible commercial space and market storage space. 52% of the proposed space will be landscaped public realm including new connections and entertainment. Flexible commercial space will complement this activity and wider offer. A gym, swimming pool, and private play space will be made available for residents of the scheme.
As the future owner and operator, L&G have a secure, long-term interest in the wellness of the site. It’s in L&G’s interest to ensure that the community, building, and the surrounding area is sustained at a happy and high standard. Build-to-Rent homes are made for the squeezed middle that can’t qualify for social housing nor afford private rent. Build-to-Rent offers several benefits for this group who may, for instance, be saving for a deposit. These principles of developing a Built-to-Rent scheme have been tried and tested, as with our popular Blackhorse Mills scheme in Waltham Forest. It’s vital we understand the thoughts of the local community ahead of submitting the amended scheme, so please do let us know your thoughts.
j) Please let us know if you have any additional views on the proposals or consultation
You are in step eight
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