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Scrapped Greenwich cruise terminal site: New housing plan coming

2015 plan

An early submission hinting at potential plans at the site of a cruise terminal in Greenwich have appeared, nearly 18 months after that plan was scrapped.

It’s nearly two years since Morgan Stanley confirmed they would not proceed with the plan, which was made formal in July 2019 under new owners Criterion Capital.

A scoping opinion has now popped up on Greenwich Council’s planning portal, which offers a hint into what current landowners seek to build.

Cruise liner seen beside New Capital Quay

The submission reveals Criterion are looking at 749 residential Build to Rent units in 3 buildings with the main tower reaching 32 storeys. Two neighbouring buildings would be 11 storeys.

This is a large increase from 2015 plans which included 477 homes, replacing March 2012 plans for 93 residential units and a 251 room hotel.

Previous plan

The new plan will also include “1,900 m2 commercial space (including office, employment, restaurant and café uses) (‘Development’). Amenity and public
space provision, pedestrian routes, vehicular access, circulation and cycle and car parking will also be provided within a basement.”

There is mention of another Thames Clipper jetty here. Just about every riverside development now mentions the same. A major issue is that a slow method of transport, -with limited capacity compared to rail or tube – will become even slower with numerous new stops.

The site currently has a public transport rating of 1 out of 5. Many cycle parking spots are planned, and while the new cycle lane to the south is underway, links to the nearest tube station at North Greenwich are poor.

Current route from new developments to North Greenwich tube station

The scoping opinion does not mention quality of walking and cycling links to North Greenwich station.

Plans for a cruise terminal proved controversial in large part due to no onshore power generation, which would have seen ships unable to plug in and thus leave engines running in port increasing local pollution levels.

Morden Wharf next door

The site is immediately south of Morden Wharf, where a planning application for 1,500 homes was submitted in July 2020.

Knight Dragon are also seeking to increase the number of homes at their plots on the Peninsula to 17,000, which is an increase of 1,750 from 2015 plans.

Click here to view the submission.

 

2 Comments

  1. Derek Small

    Bigger and bigger higher and higher. Guess they all think make hay while the sun shines when a large Tory majority won’t stop any developers who give them large donations. Big bucks to be made, lots of empty promises on infrastructure spend. It’s about time things were scaled down, infrastructure introduced first,which includes transport links, and a higher proportion of green land and exercise facilities incorporated. As well as exciting design,and a promise to not block the Thames path during any stage of building to walkers and cyclists. Cramming more and more apartments into limited land is not good town planning, it’s exploitation.

  2. Irina

    There are not enough schools in the area! We failed to get a place in all non-religious state school in the area: Meridian, Halstow, James Wolfe. We were literally forced to take a place in newly built Magdalene school. Another CoE school, which are not greatly popular in a business community residential apartments. Agree, infructructure should be built first! Not enough schools, parkings spaces, transport problem…

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