Two sites in Eltham have been added to Greenwich borough’s Local Heritage List.
UPDATE: Greenwich planners have just given approval to demolish Wellington House!
The due date for a decision to add to the list was 8th August, and Greenwich Planners gave approval for demolition on 8th August.
Eltham Arcade retains details from opening in 1930.
According to a council report, “Support for the local listing of Eltham Arcade was received from four business occupiers who consider the Eltham Arcade should be added to the Local Heritage List since it is unique architecturally and because there are few arcades surviving.”
The owners however objected “The agent for the landowner of Eltham Arcade objected on the grounds that the site comprises nondescript utilitarian buildings which are incomplete and have been subject to significant alteration.
“It is not an unusual or rare building type but is typical of suburban 1930s architecture without the architectural qualities of 19C shopping arcades across the UK.”
Wellington House is the other site which also features former stables and a cobbled courtyard.
Again the owners objected “The agents for the landowner of Wellington House objected on the grounds that the site is dilapidated and vacant, it is not an unusual or rare building type, it retains no architectural features of interest or significance, it is one of many such depot sites in London, and it is a low-key contributor forming an awkward and unvalued part of the townscape.”
The council’s report stated: “Assessment against the selection criteria for local heritage listing has found they both meet the criterion for architectural interest, since they both represent rare and unusual building types in the borough.
Both landowner representations produced no evidence that there are similar building types in the Borough and this has strengthened the Council’s assessment.”
The Local Heritage List affords less protection than national listing, though the report highlights “that its conservation as a heritage asset is a material consideration when determining planning applications.
“The decision maker must adopt a balanced judgement having regard to the scale of any harm or loss and the significance of the heritage asset.”
The decision came down to Cllr Aidan Smith who agreed to add them to the Heritage List.