River­side re­brand­ing

Bil­lions are be­ing in­vested in new homes and workspaces for the Thames Bar­rier town. re­ports

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Regeneration -

AS RE­GEN­ER­A­TION flows like an in­ex­orable cur­rent along the Thames, the next lo­ca­tion set to ben­e­fit from bil­lions of pounds of in­vest­ment is Charl­ton. Sur­pris­ingly close to Ca­nary Wharf and with fast trans­port links to cen­tral Lon­don and Cross­rail nearby, Charl­ton’s qual­ity pe­riod prop­er­ties are two thirds the price of those in next-door Green­wich and Black­heath.

Over the next 25 years up to 5,000 new homes, along with new shops and restau­rants, schools, a river­bus pier and a “creative quar­ter”, are to be built on a 275-acre swathe of in­dus­trial land over­look­ing the Thames Bar­rier.

Throw in some ex­cel­lent ex­ist­ing schools plus what many other re­gen­er­a­tion zones lack — a strong es­tab­lished com­mu­nity and neigh­bour­hood to knit into — and Charl­ton is now, of­fi­cially, One To Watch. “His­tor­i­cally, I think Charl­ton has just been over­shad­owed and over­pow­ered by Green­wich,” says Michael John, branch part­ner at Con­ran Es­tates. “Now it is start­ing to be no­ticed, and we have got all this un­der­used land by the river­side so there is amaz­ing po­ten­tial here.”

Po­ten­tial there may be, but this re­gen­er­a­tion is only just off the start­ing blocks. Green­wich coun­cil has des­ig­nated Charl­ton River­side as an ideal lo­ca­tion for a new mixed-use ur­ban de­vel­op­ment,

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