The public inquiry into plans for a tower in front of Woolwich Tesco and blocks to the rear will hear the last public submissions today.
If you wish to speak, get there to speak around 12.15-12.30.
Written statements from developer Meyer Homes, the Council’s QCs and Speak Out Woolwich will sent to the Secretary of State with the Inspector’s recommendation – which he will make after also hearing from the public.
An overlooked element of this plan are vast slabs to the rear of Tesco.
How this will go remains up in the air. Greenwich Council rejected the scheme and an appeal to the Mayor was upheld. Meyer Homes then pursued an appeal to the inspector, and argue Greenwich approved an outline plan for tower on site a decade ago, which the developer applied to extend that in 2015 with Greenwich failing to decide.
The authority is also running far short of housing targets – and those targets are being revised higher.
If developers do win, the authority will have some big questions to answer. Why did it:
- Initially approve a tower in 2009
- Failed to decide on an extension for over three years after 2015
- Why it ditched a masterplan covering this site after spending £124,054 – which was to limit heights before being scrapped around 2016
- Why has it encouraged solely retail parks in areas such as Charlton hampering house building through mixed-use schemes – and thus failing to reach housing targets.
- Why it has severely underused sites it owns to provide homes – and used income from land sales for the forthcoming Creative District rather than housing
Many of these questions will arise in future applications, whether this appeal succeeds or not.