City Hall overturns Greenwich Council refusal to approve 272-home scheme

The mayor of London's planning chief has approved plans for a 272-home, 18-storey scheme in Greenwich, overturning a refusal by the local authority earlier this year over height and density concerns.

An artist's impression of plans for Eynsham Drive.
An artist's impression of plans for Eynsham Drive.

Developer Definition Capital’s plans for the 0.63 hectare site in Abbey Wood, south east London, involve demolishing a car wash and pet hospital to make way for four buildings of between three and 18 storeys. As well as the proposed new homes, of which 95, or 35 per cent, would be affordable, the scheme also includes a replacement pet hospital and commercial space on the ground floor.

The project was initially refused by the Royal Borough of Greenwich in July. Councillors raised concerns about the scheme’s density, height, scale and massing, and said it "would fail to complement the character and appearance of the street scene"

But Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning at the Greater London Authority, has now approved the plans under delegated powers.

Planning officers at the GLA advised that "the housing proposed is of a high quality" and said the scheme "would make a significant contribution to housing delivery targets for Greenwich".

"The design and layout principles are well-considered and the scheme achieves a high quality of placemaking," they added.

Recommending approval, officers said: "It is considered that the proposals accord overall with the development plan and it is not considered that there are any material considerations indicating that the proposal should be refused."

Definition Capital and architects Assael Architecture made a series of changes to the scheme after it was called-in by the mayor in August this year.

These included changes to the housing mix to provide a higher number of larger homes, an increase to the amount of children’s playspace, and a reduction in the number of car parking spaces.

Felicie Krikler, director at Assael Architecture, said: "Our design has sought to create an environmentally friendly development that brings nature and greenery into the area in a playful, interactive way.

"By opening up the site with luscious green spaces, we hope that residents and the public can interact and grow together as a community."

In March this year, Khan called in plans for 46 homes in Kensington & Chelsea, citing the council’s "consistent failure" to hit housing targets.

Last month the mayor approved plans for a football stadium and 42 homes in Bromley, overturning his previous decision to refuse permission.

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