Plans to bulldoze a former police station in Greenwich Town Centre and build a new block of flats have been submitted to the council.

Developer Avison Young has put forward the scheme for 59 new apartments spread over six storeys for the police station at Royal Hill.

“There is an identified need for new homes within Greenwich and the proposed development will contribute towards meeting local housing targets, alongside the generation of economic benefits during the construction and operation”, the developer said in its planning statement.

Of the proposed 59 new flats, 30 per cent have been earmarked to be affordable, and there are no car parking spaces.

The developers are proposing a community hub on the ground floor of the new apartment block.


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The new development is close to the Royal Hill Community Garden, the police station’s former car park embraced by green-fingered neighbours as a community garden.

The council confirmed it intends to clear and close the garden, which is technically squatting, in place of a housing development for adults with learning difficulties.

Over the last six years Scotland Yard has sold more than £1 billion worth of property.

Last year, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan closed 38 police station front counters to save £8 million per year, and warned the Met was “running out of options” regarding resources.

The Met has had to make £600 million of savings since 2010, and must find a further £400 million by 2021, according to the Mayor’s office.


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Councillors in neighbouring Bexley recently agreed to demolish a cop shop in Belvedere for a block of flats.

Greenwich Police Station closed in 2016.

The plans are currently being considered by experts at the council with a decision expected in coming months.