L&Q and London South East Colleges' Future Greenwich project gets the green light
London South East Colleges and L&Q are delighted to announce that their planning application to deliver a brand-new college campus and 294 new homes has been approved by Members of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
In a unanimous vote, the planning committee agreed that the project will be the start of an exciting new chapter for both the college and the community.
The new state of the art campus in Plumstead will provide flexible, inspiring teaching and learning spaces, enabling the college to diversify the curriculum and generate new skills and employment opportunities for local people.
Half of the new homes will be affordable, with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent. Importantly, the scheme will provide 63 three-bed homes for families.
Speaking at the planning committee last night, Group Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Dr Sam Parrett CBE set out the value of the project and importance it will have for the local community for generations to come. She said:
“We have worked extremely hard for several years to get this development right, ensuring it meets the needs of everyone including students, staff, employers and the local community.
“We passionately believe that young people and adults living and working in Greenwich deserve access to outstanding education and training pathways to unlock their potential.
“We know the project will make a powerful contribution to job creation within the borough and have a significant impact employment and progression outcomes – so are absolutely delighted that the planning committee has agreed to let us proceed with the development.
“I am extremely grateful for all the support from our many stakeholders and supporters – including our partners L&Q who have worked tirelessly with us. I am hugely excited about the future of skills and further education in Greenwich, at a time when such skills are so desperately needed.”
Angie Hooper, Director of Business Development at L&Q adds: “We’re delighted that the Royal Borough of Greenwich has backed our plans for this important development. This marks the beginning of a new phase in our partnership with London South East Colleges, as we gear up to start works next year.
“Our plans will result in a vibrant new place at the heart of Plumstead, combining educational facilities which will do so much to improve people’s life chances, with an attractive development bringing new and affordable homes to the area.”
Construction works are expected to start in early 2022 with the new College opening in 2025 at the same time as the first homes completing.