A new mural has recently appeared in Greenwich overlooking the site of a car park. The work is part of London Mural Festival and by artist Conor Harrington.
The car park site saw housing and retail plans in 2016 which were rejected.
An appeal was made to the planning inspector who upheld some of Greenwich’s objections, though an argument by Greenwich Council stating new homes and shops would harm the local shopping area was overturned.
The inspector stated: “There is no firm evidence to show that the amount of floorspace proposed would be out of scale with the Centre.”
“Overall therefore, I find that the proposal would not have a harmful effect on
the vitality and viability of the East Greenwich District Centre and, therefore,
would not conflict with LP Policy 2.15 or CS Policies TC1, TC6 or TC(a).”
A somewhat bizarre argument by Greenwich Council was that there was no outside amenity space, despite it being on the doorstep of Greenwich park.
It was however rejected on other grounds which mainly focused on light and pollution for those in any future home and neighbouring buildings: “I have found that the proposal would lead to adverse impacts in respect of the living conditions of future and neighbouring occupiers and that it has not been adequately shown that it would not pose a flood risk.”
One thing that has harmed the local area is the closure of the former Arches leisure centre directly over the road, and which has now been empty for some time.
There is still no planning application for the site. It’s probably time to look into this a bit more. One of the last things I discovered in a separate planning application can be seen below, which states one part of Greenwich Council bought it from another :
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