CABE reports on Woolwich plans

Response to masterplan welcomes river side development but airs concerns on treatment of the landscape

CABE has welcomed plans for a Thames riverside development by London-based Allies and Morrison Architects, but the advisory body is “uneasy” with the treatment of the landscape in the project. This comment comes as part of a formal response to a revised planning application for an outline masterplan for the Royal Arsenal and Warren Lane site in Woolwich, south east London. When completed in 2015, the 30ha site will form a neighbourhood development comprising a vibrant, sustainable community in a historic riverside setting. Commercial, residential and leisure facilities will combine old with the new. CABE said that earlier submissions involved too much accommodation and an unclear approach to the urban design. The architects have addressed most of CABE’s concerns in the new plans. The CABE report said: “We are, at last, becoming confident that an acceptable masterplan can be produced for the Royal Arsenal site; the proposed uses are beginning to work successfully. We remain uneasy with the treatment of the landscape and suggest these elements are rigorously conditioned.”

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