London South East Colleges and L&Q’s planning application to deliver a brand-new college campus and 294 new homes have been approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich
The new 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.
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.
Skills and further education for Greenwich
Group principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Dr Sam Parrett CBE, 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, added: “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.”