Convoys Wharf development set to change Deptford's riverside forever

An artist's impression of Convoys Wharf

An artist's impression of Convoys Wharf

First published in Lewisham News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A LONG-DELAYED £1bn development could change the riverside view from Lewisham and Greenwich forever.

Convoys Wharf in Deptford is set to include 3,514 new homes, around 500 of which will be affordable, along with shops, a river bus and wharf. It also includes blocks of 40, 32 and 26 storeys.

Originally granted outline planning consent by a Lewisham Council board in 2005, the new planning application shows cultural and community space has been scaled back in favour of more restaurants, a hotel and service apartments.

Back in 2005 the Creekside Forum formed a group called Convoys Opportunity, campaigning for greater recognition of the site’s history.

Forum secretary Bill Ellson said: “It’s the same old same old. In reality there’s no major difference in what they’re putting forward.

“The difference between now and six years ago is that the planning policy agenda has moved against them.”

He added: “It’s deathly dull and totally unimaginative.

“It’s still too high, too large and with a tiny amount of affordable housing.”

The 40-acre site, half of which has safeguarded wharf status, was home to the first Royal Dockyard, remnants of which are believed to remain.

It also holds the Grade II listed Olympia Warehouse and includes part of the former Sayes Court Estate - home to John Evelyn and once used by Russia’s Peter the Great.

Mr Ellson said: “They’re talking about preserving the Olympia building but they’ve got to do that anyway. Otherwise there’s little or no regard for the history of the site there.”

A spokesman for developer Hutchinson Whampoa said: "Convoys Wharf will bring a range of new opportunities to the Borough – places to live, to work, to relax and a chance to enjoy Deptford's fantastic riverside for the first time in a generation."

"With regards the level of affordable housing, recent Government reductions in grant funding for affordable housing has been severely cut back, so Hutchison Whampoa and L&Q – our affordable housing partners - will be paying for these homes entirely from within the development costs."

People in the area can comment on the application, available at convoyswharf.com, by emailing planning@lewisham.gov.uk The deadline is September 27.

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5:38pm Fri 2 Sep 11

Bill_Ellson says...

In May 2005 Lewisham councillors 'resolved to approve' News International's outline planning application, but the matter was never formally referred to the Mayor of London or the Secretary of State and no grant of permission was ever made.

A previous grant of planning permission would be a 'material planning consideration' (which might help the current application), but a past resolution to approve is of no relevance.
In May 2005 Lewisham councillors 'resolved to approve' News International's outline planning application, but the matter was never formally referred to the Mayor of London or the Secretary of State and no grant of permission was ever made. A previous grant of planning permission would be a 'material planning consideration' (which might help the current application), but a past resolution to approve is of no relevance. Bill_Ellson
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1:23pm Sun 4 Sep 11

goldenbroomboy says...

Leaving aside the fact that Developers do not care a fig about history, this proposed development is way OTT. We are continually being told that the UK economy is in crisis, so where is the money coming from to build another Canary Wharf? More importantly, who is going to be able to afford to live or work there?
Leaving aside the fact that Developers do not care a fig about history, this proposed development is way OTT. We are continually being told that the UK economy is in crisis, so where is the money coming from to build another Canary Wharf? More importantly, who is going to be able to afford to live or work there? goldenbroomboy
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