Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are you proposing? 

The proposals will see the redevelopment of the Island Site in Woolwich to provide a mixed-use development comprising around 500 co-living units with some shared facilities and 20 new homes. The scheme will also include flexible retail and office space as well as new public areas for Woolwich.

Who makes the decision on the application? 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s planning team will analyse all the application documents and plans that will be submitted as part of the application. All these will be available to view on the council’s website once the application has been submitted. 

The summary of their analysis will be presented to a group of elected councillors – the planning committee. At a meeting open to the public, they will hear a summary of the application from the planning officers and will also hear from supporters and objectors. They will then decide whether the application should be approved. 

When will the application be submitted to the council and when will the decision be made? 

We expect to submit an application to the Royal Borough of Greenwich early next year. The council are expected to take up to 13 weeks to make a decision on the application. 

Will construction be noisy?  

Modern construction methods tend to be less noisy than in the past. Whilst there will inevitably be some disturbance, the hours of operation will be limited by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. The selected contractor will be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 

Will the proposals be ‘Secured by Design’? 

The proposals will be examined by the Metropolitan Police Service’s ‘Secured by Design’ team that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit. 

I am unable to make the online Q&A sessions. Will there be an opportunity to view them at a later date? 

Yes, the online Q&A sessions will be made available on this website shortly after the final event. 

Are there any other ways I can have my say on the proposals? 

Yes, please call our freephone number 0800 955 1042 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email us at [email protected] or write to our freepost address: Freepost RTXU-JGSR-KHLE, Woolwich Island Consultation, Your Shout, 28 China Works, SE1 7SJ. The Royal Borough of Greenwich will also hold their own statutory consultation, following the submission of a planning application.