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Silvertown lorry depot already being advertised before planning decision made

Three tier lorry park planned by Silvertown Tunnel

A three-storey lorry park proposed in Silvertown is already being marketed to tenants despite no decision yet being made on the contentious plan.

The development of the lorry park, which will see 2,520 LGV movements a day plus  961 cars, is believed to be intrinsically linked to Silvertown Tunnel proposals which Greenwich Council and London Mayor Sadiq Khan support. Newham Council have dropped their support and now oppose the tunnel.

One of three planned levels

Newham council will make their decision soon. Such is the strength of local opposition the deadline for comments has been put back.

Newly approved flats at Deanston seen from West Silvertown station. Lorry park would be beside here

One reason for such opposition quickly springing up are vast housing developments in the area around the proposed depot . This mass increase in residential usage is at odds with plans for thousands of lorries and vans using local roads each day.

Royal Wharf seen from Charlton

The planned use as a depot only emerged after 3,000 homes were approved at nearby Royal Wharf and thousands of others at local sites.

The number of cranes shows how many homes under construction around the Royal Docks and Canning Town. Click to enlarge

The plan has also raised consternation among Greenwich borough residents as many vehicles are expected to head south onto congested roads around Greenwich as well as the A2 around Kidbrooke and Eltham – which backs-up every afternoon rush hour and will have another tunnel’s worth of traffic fed into it if the tunnel is built.

 

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