MORRIS WALK ESTATEOver 100 council and housing association estates across London are under threat of demolition. Our research shows where they are.
Morris Walk estate
Number of homes under threat: 562
Landlord: Greenwich Council
Planning Status: Approved
562 homes on Greenwich’s Morris Walk estate in Charlton are earmarked for demolition.
The 5.5 hectare estate overlooks Maryon park to the West and the Thames barrier to the North and lies adjacent to the Maryon Grove estate, which is also earmarked for redevelopment.
Outline permission granted in 2015 for 766 replacement homes, with the requirement to provide between 35% and 45% affordable housing, depending on viability. The estate is being redeveloped in a joint venture between Greenwich Council and developer Lovell
The Mayors report approving the application acknowledges that there will be a net loss of 333 social rented units.
It also acknowledges that the replacement ‘social’ housing will be ‘affordable rent’ in tenure - i.e. up to 80% market rents.
In January 2018, the Mayor approved funding for the redevelopment of the estate.
In November 2020, Lovell submit a planning application for detailed permission. It proposed 766 new homes, 177 of which at affordable rent - there won’t be a single social rented home to replace those demolished. It is unclear from the planning application documents what percentage of market rent the 177 affordable rent homes will be provided at. The tenure category in general allows rents of up to 80% market rent.
The 177 affordable rent homes will be accompanied by 76 for shared ownership, bringing the total proportion of affordable housing to 35% - well below the Mayor’s minimum requirement of 50% affordable housing on public land.
Despite the Mayor’s policy requirement that viability assessments be made public, none has been made available on Greenwich’s planning portal.
You can view the planning application documents and submit a comment on Greenwich Council’s planning portal here (refs: 20/3403/R and 20/3445/R).
Greenwich’s shared equity offer for leaseholders only extends to existing Council homes elsewhere in the borough. If leaseholders want to take up a new home on the redeveloped estate they will have to do so under a shared-ownership agreement - ie. paying rent on the unowned proportion.
In July 2019, Greenwich approved a decision to start compulsory purchase proceedings against the remaining leaseholders on the estate. As at June 2020 the CPO proceedings had not yet commenced.
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