Susan Road & Felixstowe Road
This project is a campaign founded by Greenwich Citizens Housing (GCH) back in 2018. Since then, members of the local community and GCH have been working together with local Greenwich Councillors to get commitments to bring a CLT to the borough. The campaign was originally based in Kidbrooke, and much work was done to engage the local community about a possible CLT being brought forward in the area. In the summer of 2019, we met with architects from Archio to expand our knowledge on the design process and start to imagine what a CLT could look like. In December 2019, we held an open-air gathering to meet local residents at a prospective CLT site in Kidbrooke, and a month later Nathanael Hitch, on behalf of GCH, collected the South London Citizens’ award for Action Team of the Year on 21st January 2020.
Photos are from our first workshop in May 2019 with Archio (photos courtesy of Archio)
Of course, along then came Covid, and plans for further actions at other prospective sites in Greenwich had to be put on hold, but that didn’t stop GCH learning, working, and planning. We worked hard on our internal organisation, and formalised our relationships with Greenwich Citizens and London CLT. In addition, we strengthened our links with Greenwich Council. We believe this significantly influenced the Council’s decision to release two sites in the borough for CLTs, one in Abbey Wood, and the other in Kidbrooke – the very site of our action back in December 2019.
Following news in June 2021 that Greenwich Council were planning to release two sites for CLT’s for tender later in the year, the hard work really began. Our focus turned to building relationships with communities around the sites, meeting with a resident group from Abbey Wood and introducing them to the idea of CLT’s. We held a CLT training session in Abbey Wood in September 2021 and welcomed residents to join GCH.
The tendering process started at the end of November 2021 and closed at the end of January 2022. During this intense 2-month period, we had regular workshops with Archio and London CLT in order to put together a bid that reflected the needs of the neighbours and wider community. After a long and nervous wait, we were delighted to find out that we had been successful with our bid. We hope to see CLT homes coming to Greenwich soon!
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'd be happy to connect you with Greenwich Citizens Housing.