The developer behind plans for 1,500 homes next to the Blackwall Tunnel has said its proposals will be in keeping with the local area after local MP Matt Pennycook criticised its application to build towers of up to 36 storeys.
Features in the new consultation included space for a new bus route into the site, in response to an objection from Transport for London on the grounds that the development would be poorly connected.
Of the 1,500 homes, 316 (21 per cent) will be for London Affordable Rent – about half market rent – with 96 being three-bedroom homes aimed at families. A further 153 (10.2 per cent) will be for shared ownership. Because of the large proportion of three-bedroom homes, U+I says its scheme will provide 35 percent “affordable” housing by habitable room.
Pennycook has submitted an objection to the scheme, published to social media on Monday, saying that it would interrupt views from Greenwich town centre and be out of proportion with the lower-rise Enderby Wharf development next door.
Over 360 objections have been received by Greenwich Council, with over 110 comments in support. Councillors are due to meet soon to decide on the proposals.
I have formally objected to the proposed redevelopment of Morden Wharf on the Greenwich Peninsula. Four towers between 21 and 36 storeys would be inappropriate for this site and would have a detrimental impact on the existing character of the area and local heritage assets. pic.twitter.com/jq5VTzdYGV
— Matthew Pennycook MP (@mtpennycook) May 17, 2021
While he said he had no objection to the site being redeveloped, Pennycook said U+I’s plans would “have a detrimental impact on the existing character of the area” and that the four towers would be “wholly inappropriate” for the location, formerly home to the Tunnel Refineries glucose plant.
While Enderby Wharf has permission for towers of 24, 27 and 32 storeys connected with the now-scrapped cruise liner terminal scheme, Pennycook argued that this should not be a factor in decision-making as the land’s new owner, Criterion Capital, is planning to come forward with new proposals. Criterion says it is still planning three towers on the site.
Pennycook added that council planning policy stated that buildings at Morden Wharf should, in any case, be smaller than those at Enderby.
But a U+I spokesperson told 853 that its proposals were in keeping with what was planned elsewhere on the peninsula – with Knight Dragon, the area’s biggest developer, recently granted permission for 38-storey blocks at North Greenwich station.
“Our proposals for Morden Wharf will turn what is currently an underused, brownfield industrial site into a new mixed-use neighbourhood, centred on a new three-acre riverside park, which will be open to the public,” she said.
“As well as providing 1,500 much-needed homes – 35 per cent of which will be affordable – new commercial and employment space across the site will generate around 1,100 permanent new jobs, providing a significant boost to the local economy.
“Proposals have been developed in close consultation with the local community and the design of all buildings has been carefully considered to ensure they are in-keeping with the emerging context on the peninsula.”
At present, the tallest towers on the peninsula are up to 29 storeys at Upper Riverside, just east of North Greenwich station; with the 24-storey Lighterman tower further south. However, development on the west side of the peninsula, which includes Morden Wharf and Enderby Wharf, is governed by a different masterplan to the rest of the area: the tallest block there is 17 storeys high.
Last month U+I confirmed that Brew by Numbers, a Bermondsey brewery, would be moving into Morden Wharf this summer and opening a taproom.
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