Greenwich residents complain as Morden Wharf developer starts helicopter trips to site

Residents in Greenwich have complained after staff at developer U&I arrived by helicopter to visit the Morden Wharf site.

The helicopter landed at 7am before landing again later in the day. According to residents they have permission to fly 28 days a year.

Residents complained of dust blowing into adjacent flats

No expense spared it would seem to bring staff to the site.

But yesterday U&I announced cuts to 13 per cent of its workforce to save £33 million. That can’t help the chopper budget – can it?

Courtesy Greenwich Council. Picture from awards ceremony

Maybe they will also no longer be lead sponsor for Greenwich Council award ceremonies.

Developer U&I have supported Greenwich Council awards

I’ve previously covered how part of the Morden Wharf site was used as a bus garage for two years without planning permission. Given high levels of traffic and pollution in the area it was quite the oversight. As the post from 2019 stated, how can a major site comprising 125 buses, staff car parking, engineering facilities and more avoided a planning application for so long?

Last week I looked at U&I’s application for 1,500 homes at Morden Wharf. U&I have owned the land for many years before applying for permission.

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3 thoughts on “Greenwich residents complain as Morden Wharf developer starts helicopter trips to site

  • July 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Tsk, tsk @Murky. These are high powered business people whose time is money. They can’t be expected to trundle through the backwater of South East London in the back of a black cab.

    • July 9, 2020 at 8:47 pm


    • July 9, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      In Soviet era Russia there were middle lanes in cities like Moscow – isolated roads that ran straight down main thoroughfares – which were only open to Party elite. If you didn’t have a Zil limousine you probably wouldn’t get very far along one of these special roads. This is just a more modern way of doing it and I must say that next time I see our flying overlords I’ll tug my forelock, wring my cloth cap and say ‘Gaw Blimey Guvnah’


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