The new owners of Enderby Wharf in Greenwich have confirmed they will not be building a cruise liner terminal.
Last November former site owners Morgan Stanley confirmed they would not proceed with the plan first drawn up by former Greenwich Council leader Chris Roberts. the scheme drew much criticism for not including on-shore power supply thus ships would keep engines running throughout their time on the river pumping out high levels of pollution.
The site has now been purchased by Criterion Capital who state:
“We are mindful of the site’s complex planning history and, despite the previous planning consent for the site including a cruise liner terminal – which has in part been implemented by the previous owners – we believe the plans can be vastly improved. As a result we are pleased to announce that we will be scrapping the cruise terminal plans.”
“Chief Executive of Criterion Capital Asif Aziz, said:
Although the cruise terminal was a profitable proposition, I agree with the local residents who have complained that it would cause significant environmental damage. Instead, in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and through an open and constructive conversation with local residents and community groups, we shall deliver innovative low-cost housing for rental. This will be designed for those who either can’t or don’t want to buy, and will be served by excellent public transport links including the Thames Clipper.”
Much of Enderby Wharf has been built out with a pub due to open soon.
Phase Two saw a cruise terminal plus a tower. Revised plans will now be drawn up. The new owners referencing Thames Clippers is interesting. Though a lovely way to travel and the river is underutilised, can it be mass-market proposition long term? Numerous new piers are planned at places such as Royal Wharf, and a plan has been submitted for another on the west of the Peninsula which I covered here.
These will inevitably slow down what is already a leisurely journey and bring much extra demand. Hopefully demand can be met and the Thames plays a key role in assisting with a rising population in London.
Pollution concerns remain
Despite abandoning the scheme many local people are still concerned with weekly arrivals of large cruise ships and ensuing pollution.
There’s even debate over how much money tourists bring into the area – with many whisked off in a fleet of coaches to central London this afternoon. The coaches also add to congestion and pollution in the area.