I hand you over to Bob for some quite disturbing news on Lovells Wharf:
The developers of the site called Greenwich Wharves are proposing some substantial changes to
- increasing the total square metres from 94,825 by 12,695 sq.m – anincrease of 30%
- increase the number of new homes from 667 to 911 – about 37% increase
- change in the height of the buildings up to 13 storeys on the riverfront
- reduction in the commercial and office accommodation – no details provided about what or how much is reduced
The commercial and office accommodation were an important factor in the consented plans. Before consent there had been an outrageous original proposal for very tall buildings. The developers now appear to be trying to claw back what they were originally refused.
There are consultation meetings on Tuesday 11th December from 5pm to 9pm, and on Wednesday 12th December from 2pm to 9pm, at Rothbury Hall on Azof Street. Locals have had brochures posted through their doors, but I don’t know how widely they’ve been distributed within the rest of Greenwich.
The changes that have been outlined increase the living density by 30% with concomitant increases in the height of the buildings, but reduce the infrastructure that was in the current proposal. They seem to be trying to stack as many people on top of each other as they can, without providing even the infrastructure that was supposed to support a smaller population.
The brochure gives no reasons at all for the proposed changes. One is therefore left to speculate that they are going to try and squeeze as much money out of the development as they can, while cynically avoiding their responsibilities to provide services and a quality environment.
This change therefore provides no benefits whatsoever to people who live here at the moment. If they stopped building today, it would be no loss to locals (apart from the small stretch of riverside that is still closed). Nothing in this proposed change gives us any reason to support it, and plenty of reasons to oppose it. So I hope people will go to the meetings and
make their feelings known to the developers and to the council who will be considering this application.
Actually, I have had a communication from what I believe to be the developers, London and Regional Properties, who now call Lovells ‘Greenwich Wharf’ (totally annihilating any sense of history) confirming the dates of the consultation:
Stream Arts, Rothbury Hall, Mauritius Road London SE10
Tuesday 11 December 17.00 – 21.00
Wednesday 12 December 14.00 – 21.00