MORRIS WALK ESTATE

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Morris Walk estate

Stage: Implementation

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.

Outline permission granted in 2015 for 766 replacement homes, with just 35% affordable of which 70% affordable rent. 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.

Despite being granted outline planning in 2015, detailed applications for the scheme are still pending and the estate is still largely occupied.

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.

Links:

Outline planning application docs (North side)

Outline planning application (South side)

GLA Stage 1 and 2 reports


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