Plans for new medical centre and flats causes concern in Greenhithe

News Shopper: An artist's impression of the medical centre in Greenhithe. An artist's impression of the medical centre in Greenhithe.

Concerns have been raised about new plans for a medical centre, crèche and 32 new apartments in Greenhithe.

Residents say although the area needs more infrastructure like this- the proposed land at the junction of Station Road and Eagles Road might not be the right place.

Developers Green Portal, based in Maidstone, will be putting the plans into Dartford Council at the end of the month and seek outline planning permission.

Opinions from residents have been mixed.

Suki Mcnair, 46, of Smugglers Walk, Greenhithe, told News Shopper: "I think a new medical centre could be a very good thing as long as it is in addition to the surgeries that are already open and doesn't mean others might be closed.

"I don't think there is enough room where the buildings are proposed and it could have a big impact on the people that live in the houses on the Eagles Road estate.

"As the majority of the new residents are in Ingress Park it would make far more sense for this to be built there.

"There are already 1000 homes in Ingress park alone and is it really the right place for this type of development."

Ellie Wakefield, 23, of London Road, Greenhithe, is opposed to the location of the plans.

She said:. "The roundabouts cannot cope with the flow of tragic we are getting at the moment without more houses.

"A medical centre is a great idea but we don't need more housing when the new development next to Waterstones Park is being built."

Events manager Sacha Zarb, 36, moved to Lightermans Way, Greenhithe 18 months with his wife because they wanted more space to start a family.

He added: "This sounds like a great addition to the area.

"I think it will help the area a lot, there is no decent doctors and the town needs a community hub.

"We have moved to Greenhithe and facilities have to be built. we cant be nimby about it.

"The area is full of young families and a creche would be a good thing."

The developers say the 32 homes will be called Village Heights and will include 54 off road parking spaces and the medical centre has been allocated 22 parking spaces.

Public meetings are being held tomorrow night (Friday, June 6) from 6pm to 8pm at St Mary's Community Hall and at the same time on Tuesday, June 10.

For more information on the plans visit www.greenportal.org.uk

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1:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

chris8210 says...

build it there, dont de grade ingress park with it. it does need a bigger car park though
build it there, dont de grade ingress park with it. it does need a bigger car park though chris8210
  • Score: 4

8:52pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Stjamesman says...

No need to build it in Ingress Park Chris some of the residents are degrading it quite capably themselves
No need to build it in Ingress Park Chris some of the residents are degrading it quite capably themselves Stjamesman
  • Score: -4

7:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Just me111 says...

STJamesman. As a person who is just about to move to Ingress Park I am keen to learn what it is you feel some of the residents are doing to degrade the area. I have researched the area thoroughly and it looks great. Spoke to lots of Ingress Park residents who could not speak highly enough of the area and they are all also very happy. Ive been there numerously at different times of the day and night, weekday and weekend just to make sure and it always seems peaceful and friendly. Even spoke to the local CPO's who said it was a lovely area with low crime. All the houses are well kept and it is very green and leafy. Seems to be an all round lovely place to live so I'm keen to hear it from your perspective as it looks clean, quite, safe and friendly.
STJamesman. As a person who is just about to move to Ingress Park I am keen to learn what it is you feel some of the residents are doing to degrade the area. I have researched the area thoroughly and it looks great. Spoke to lots of Ingress Park residents who could not speak highly enough of the area and they are all also very happy. Ive been there numerously at different times of the day and night, weekday and weekend just to make sure and it always seems peaceful and friendly. Even spoke to the local CPO's who said it was a lovely area with low crime. All the houses are well kept and it is very green and leafy. Seems to be an all round lovely place to live so I'm keen to hear it from your perspective as it looks clean, quite, safe and friendly. Just me111
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Greenhitheperson says...

Good starting point but please think bigger (Much Bigger).

This has all the right attributes and design principals however it doesn't go far enough with enough imagination (yet). Greenhithe is good but there is no Village as the proposed name suggests and it needs shops and amenities separate from the dominant Asda.

I think working with the council to redevelop that whole wasted area would be what is needed. This includes the land opposite where the train station is and the road, parking and bus terminal infrastructure.The bus terminal could be moved redesigned and configured closer to the train station where the car park is now.The terminal is just to big and is just wasted space right now.

The Medical centre and creche look very good however Village Heights could be made slightly taller (part hidden by trees and landscaping to the north) and a few ultra high quality A1/A2/A3 amenities placed on the ground floor underneath the apartments. This is a consistently successful develop formula that is proven to work if it is implemented holistically, well thought out and of high design and quality.

This would be the perfect place to put a coffee shop with outside seating, pub/bar with open frontage and seating, post office/newsagents, high quality traditional chip shop and/or deli,bakery etc as well the medical centre. Shop signage and frontage would also need to be of a top quality befitting the area with no cheap plastic rubbish given planning permission.

Greenwich Village,Blackheath Village, Reigate, Bexley Village, Dulwich Village, Chislehurst High street and Kings Hills Liberty square are all typical to what I think the community needs. If you were to purpose this type of scheme instead of Greenhithe just getting endless housing and flats I think you would have the whole communities support. Even the potential Bellway and Fairview sites have no amenities as usual.
Yes i know there is Bluewater however this is still a drive or bus ride away for some and not convenient when you just want a nice coffee or local evening out. Plus their are many commuters who would use these amenities every day.

There is opportunity there to expand the station and incorporate it into the overall plan. I know that a central hub idea with class A1/A2/A3/A4/A5 amenities and social space is what is planned and is being developed at Kidbrooke Village (SE3) centred around the train station. The design and plans that Berkley Homes are implementing there look outstanding and should/could be mirrored.

A similar development would not only bring Greenhithe a much needed central focus but would also be community defining for the area and would set Greenhithe apart for being an outstanding place to live.

I think safety and security for commuters walking through the Fastrack Ingress tunnel would be greatly enhanced an all the businesses would also be beneficiary from the avoidance of out of hours criminality due to the inherent surveillance of Village Heights residents.

Land opposite in-between King Edward Road and the A206 could if available be used to bring the whole development to a grander and more significant scale.King Edward Road/A206 land should/could include fantastic housing opportunity again with further amenities beneath with a potential range includingD2 local fitness centre or Library A1/A2/A3/ shops, small scale high quality eateries/dentist/ Estate agents/ Dry cleaners etc

It could also allow for the much needed and discussed parking to be expanded successfully as it has a developable car park in situ. This idea works very well in Blackheath next to the train station where residents park and walk into the village. Its also used on Saturdays for a traditional farmers market.

Imagine being able to tie up Ingress Park via the underpass, Greenhithe High Street, Waterstone Park, the new Bellway (St clements Valley development), Worcester Park and Northstar Boulevard into one coherent, highly successful, beautiful place to live.

The area doesn't just need more housing it needs structure and significants.
Good starting point but please think bigger (Much Bigger). This has all the right attributes and design principals however it doesn't go far enough with enough imagination (yet). Greenhithe is good but there is no Village as the proposed name suggests and it needs shops and amenities separate from the dominant Asda. I think working with the council to redevelop that whole wasted area would be what is needed. This includes the land opposite where the train station is and the road, parking and bus terminal infrastructure.The bus terminal could be moved redesigned and configured closer to the train station where the car park is now.The terminal is just to big and is just wasted space right now. The Medical centre and creche look very good however Village Heights could be made slightly taller (part hidden by trees and landscaping to the north) and a few ultra high quality A1/A2/A3 amenities placed on the ground floor underneath the apartments. This is a consistently successful develop formula that is proven to work if it is implemented holistically, well thought out and of high design and quality. This would be the perfect place to put a coffee shop with outside seating, pub/bar with open frontage and seating, post office/newsagents, high quality traditional chip shop and/or deli,bakery etc as well the medical centre. Shop signage and frontage would also need to be of a top quality befitting the area with no cheap plastic rubbish given planning permission. Greenwich Village,Blackheath Village, Reigate, Bexley Village, Dulwich Village, Chislehurst High street and Kings Hills Liberty square are all typical to what I think the community needs. If you were to purpose this type of scheme instead of Greenhithe just getting endless housing and flats I think you would have the whole communities support. Even the potential Bellway and Fairview sites have no amenities as usual. Yes i know there is Bluewater however this is still a drive or bus ride away for some and not convenient when you just want a nice coffee or local evening out. Plus their are many commuters who would use these amenities every day. There is opportunity there to expand the station and incorporate it into the overall plan. I know that a central hub idea with class A1/A2/A3/A4/A5 amenities and social space is what is planned and is being developed at Kidbrooke Village (SE3) centred around the train station. The design and plans that Berkley Homes are implementing there look outstanding and should/could be mirrored. A similar development would not only bring Greenhithe a much needed central focus but would also be community defining for the area and would set Greenhithe apart for being an outstanding place to live. I think safety and security for commuters walking through the Fastrack Ingress tunnel would be greatly enhanced an all the businesses would also be beneficiary from the avoidance of out of hours criminality due to the inherent surveillance of Village Heights residents. Land opposite in-between King Edward Road and the A206 could if available be used to bring the whole development to a grander and more significant scale.King Edward Road/A206 land should/could include fantastic housing opportunity again with further amenities beneath with a potential range includingD2 local fitness centre or Library A1/A2/A3/ shops, small scale high quality eateries/dentist/ Estate agents/ Dry cleaners etc It could also allow for the much needed and discussed parking to be expanded successfully as it has a developable car park in situ. This idea works very well in Blackheath next to the train station where residents park and walk into the village. Its also used on Saturdays for a traditional farmers market. Imagine being able to tie up Ingress Park via the underpass, Greenhithe High Street, Waterstone Park, the new Bellway (St clements Valley development), Worcester Park and Northstar Boulevard into one coherent, highly successful, beautiful place to live. The area doesn't just need more housing it needs structure and significants. Greenhitheperson
  • Score: 5

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