Energy company SGN (Formerly Scotia Gas Networks) have submitted plans to demolish Greenwich Peninsula gasholder.
This shows a real lack of imagination. SGN do not plan on retaining one of the last remaining examples of the areas industrial heritage. Many other places have converted gasholders into contemporary uses to great success. Housing, parks, exhibitions spaces and more.
It wasn’t listed by Historic England as it’s similar to one on Old Kent Road. Is that a good enough reason to demolish? Due to this the government have now granted an immunity from listing making it easier to demolish.
The gasholder suffered damage due to an IRA bomb in 1979. The repairs are another reason given by Historic England not to list the structure.
Local listing could offer slight help to the future of the site, though it offers far less protection than national listing.
Plans to demolish gasholders in Sydenham were rejected by Lewisham Council last month who have locally listed the site. Aldi wanted to build a retail shed and car parking in its place.
Much more information about the gasholder and the area’s history can be found at the Greenwich industrial History site here.
The planning reference is 17/4068/D1
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