Market Planning Enquiry
Well, folks, we’ve got to that moment. The frankly undemocratic, going-over-the-council’s head appeal by Greenwich Hospital over the redevelopment of Greenwich market into some kind of shameful pastiche of a ’heritage site’ that seems to turn the market itself into a sideshow, demolishes historic buildings and involves a 100 bedroom hotel when there are already many town centre hotels (and which cannot even use the Olympics as an excuse as it would be built after the circus leaves town. ) There are developments I would have supported. This is not one of them.
Bizarrely, I find myself agreeing with Greenwich Council for once – this, despite the minor concessions sneaked in by the Hospital, is just wrong – and, if allowed, will turn Greenwich into every other shopping town in Britain, bland and faceless, with any bohemian wrinkle or individual quirk ironed out, buried under mounds of corporate neatness.
Paul tells me that the first day of an inquiry like this is the most important. That day is tomorrow, at Woolwich Town Hall.
It will run from 7 to 10 September and from 14 to 17 September, beginning at 10am on each day and the public is invited to attend.
As Richard reminds me, Greenwich Council are opposing this - they unanimously voted against the development again last month, but Nick Raynsford is once again putting his own interests within the building fraternity above local issues and supporting the plans. I do not know why the Greenwich Society have decided to support it too.