Q. What is proposed?

A: The emerging proposals for the site include the following key elements:

  • a new Sainsbury’s supermarket;
  • over 200 high quality private and affordable homes;
  • an 80-100 bed hotel;
  • start-up business accommodation;
  • an Early Years/nursery facility, and;
  • a new public square.

The proposals will bring major new investment to the area and as a result provide other local benefits, including:

  • Around 500 full time and part time employment opportunities (plus 400 during the consultation phase)
  • Confidence in the local economy enhancing perceptions and encouraging other investment
  • Improved, safer and better connected routes for pedestrians;
  • More convenient access to shopping and other facilities
  • Retain more expenditure within Abbey Wood centre as a whole
  • Helping to put Abbey Wood ‘on the map’ ahead of Crossrail

The detail design of the scheme is still progressing and the development team are keen to listen to the views of local residents and businesses to help shape the final plans.

Q. How do I get involved?

A: Attend one of our public consultation events where the draft plans will be on display and members of the development team will be present to answer any questions and listen to your views.

The main public exhibition is scheduled for 21st and 22nd September and will be advertised in the local press. Workshops have been arranged for those residents who live closest to the site, as well as local businesses.

Please check this website for the latest information.

Q. Will my views really count?

A:Yes, your views are important to us and to the Council which will be determining the planning application in due course. The ultimate success of the scheme depends on the level of community involvement in shaping the scheme during the early design stage of the project.

This is an exciting and ambitious scheme for Abbey Wood, and the greater the level of public support we can achieve, the greater the likelihood of the scheme being approved and starting on site soonest.

Q. What are the timescales?

A:Subject to the comments received during the consultation phase, it is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted to the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council towards the end of 2012.

If approval can be obtained in Spring 2013, then we would hope to commence work on site in late 2013/early 2014 with completion taking place from 2015.