Greenwich’s Planning Board turned down a 27-floor tower outside Woolwich Tesco last night.
The move was expected after Greenwich planning officers recommended refusal.
However, as covered on this site, prior action by Greenwich Council ensure any appeal has a better chance of succeeding. A 2016 masterplan covering the site capped heights at 15 floors yet was scrapped by Greenwich Council after two rounds of consultation and over £124,000 spent. No reason ever given except a new one would be drawn up – which is too late for this site.
Also, outline planning permission was given for a tower a decade ago on the site.
Both these actions possibly give developer Meyer Homes a good chance when (or if) they appeal. They will argue that a precedent has been set 10 years ago – and with no masterplan for the site and other tall buildings nearby – any inspector may let it pass.
Local group Speak Out Woolwich has campaigned against the tower and the low amount of social homes the entire development would provide – which also includes land to the rear. Around 1,600 people had signed a petition.