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Ambitious development plans given green light

Development plans approved at Greenwich Peninsula

photo: Ravensbourne

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Board has approved a landmark planning application for one of the largest new developments in London.

The board has granted outline planning permission to developers Knight Dragon for a development including 13,000 new homes, two new schools, a new North Greenwich transport hub, new community and health facilities and a new 40,000 sq m film studio.

The development will create more than 12,000 new jobs and overall, subject to agreement by the Mayor of London, last night’s decision gives the go ahead at Greenwich Peninsula for:

* 13,000 new homes, meaning a total of nearly 16,000 new homes, of which almost 4,000 are affordable, for the Peninsula

* The demolition and complete rebuild of the North Greenwich tube and bus station allowing for more bus capacity

* A new 40,000 sqm film studio creating 1,500 new jobs

* 60,000 sqm of new business space

* 24,000 sqm of new retail/food/drink space

* One or potentially two new hotels

* Two new schools (1 primary, 1 ‘through school’)

* A new 20,000 sqm visitor attraction

* New ferry jetty terminal

* New 5k running track around the whole site

* New healthcare facility

* expansion of Ravensbourne

Agreement of the planning application also secures £110-£115 million funding for community benefits through the Section 106 agreement and the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The site at Greenwich Peninsula is one of significant importance to London as a whole, identified in the London Plan as an opportunity area capable of delivering considerable numbers of new homes and jobs. Across the River Thames from Canary Wharf, in just a few short years Greenwich Peninsula has been transformed from what was a decommissioned gas works to one of London’s most exciting new destinations. It’s already home to the world’s most successful entertainment venue, The 02 Arena, thousands of new homes, a new luxury hotel, the world-renowned Ravensbourne digital college and permission has also recently been granted for London’s first cruise terminal to be based at Greenwich Peninsula. This planning approval gives the green light for continued significant regeneration to move forward. Significant and lengthy consultation was carried out as part of the planning process with the views and opinions put forward being fully considered.

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said:

“This is an historic day for Greenwich Peninsula and without doubt, this is one of the most exciting developments in London – of great significance to the capital as a whole, as well as to our borough. This scheme will bring the long-term regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula to fruition, cementing what is a whole new district for London providing housing and jobs for tens of thousands of people and landmark new facilities and buildings.

I know there are very real concerns about the scale of this development and those have been fully considered during the decision making process. The board felt that the plans are right for the area and for London as a whole, providing so many new homes at a time of a critical shortage in London. Yes, some of the buildings are tall, but these are mainly situated to the north just opposite Canary Wharf with towers that will dwarf the Peninsula structures. It is also important that where a large number of new buildings are proposed the infrastructure and layout is right and we feel this development will deliver a hugely enhanced environment.”

Councillor Sizwe James, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Skills said:

“This development brings with it huge opportunities for the people of this borough. This application alone will bring in the region of 12,000 new jobs to the Peninsula, both during the construction phase and when the development is finished. Through the borough’s own jobs service, Greenwich Local Labour and Business, we will work to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible go to local people.

This development will have a significant impact on employment levels in the borough, such is its scale and this is great news for the borough as a whole.”