How Low is Under the Radar?
Okay, so this bit of ground along Creek Road has been hotly contested for, like, ever. You only need to look at the sign on David Herbert’s gaff to see how long he’s been fighting.
And in many ways it’s a losing battle. The trees are mainly gone, and planning permission exists for development. That’s development in addition to the thousands of new apartments already being thrown up around there. That little patch of green around 258 is all that’s left, but don’t get too attached to it.
The planning permission isn’t brilliant – but it is mixed use and, at the moment, includes some respite from the relentless, soulless living accommodation that, unbroken, creates dormitories not communities.
It’s not easy to find any planning permission on Greenwich Council website (though at least they now admit it’s nigh-on impossible to make comments just and invite you to email directly. No idea when the form will be back…) but if you go to this address and type 13/0364/F into the box you should get there.
Thing is, the developers want to move the goalposts – now the Olympics are over they’re not so keen on the hotel idea any more and want to shove up yet more flats (to be technical, it’s actually not the original developers – Telford sold-on the planning permission to a company who really do seem to care about nothing but profit) and it would seem that to some at least this isn’t important enough a change to tell anyone about it.
A handful of very local Creekside residents got a letter about this. No one else did. Not the people who’d have to look at the new buildings across the road, not other local residents, not no one else.
The residents who were told were given ten days to submit any thoughts about this. That means there’s probably about five now.
It’s yet another example of developers getting the upper hand by sneaking in as under the radar as possible, of a council who if they’re not actively colluding with the developers are certainly giving the impression they are, and of another little bit of Green Greenwich about to be gobbled up under glass and steel.
If you’d like to see what, unless you’ve been picked out for special treatment, you won’t have seen go to the address above and put in this reference 13/1832/PN . Look at the drawing, the microscopic people in it and worry. If you want to let your feelings known you can, in this instance, click on the box that says ‘make a public comment.’ Any problems email: firstname.lastname@example.org. But remember – you don’t have long.
For my part, the bit that depresses me the most is that this major change to the original planning permission is not only being slipped in through the back door, it seems almost conspiratorial in its stealth.
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