Plans for more than 800 homes in a 27-storey tower block are set to be thrown out by councillors in Greenwich.

Meyer Homes submitted its latest plan for the centre of Woolwich in September, which included three other buildings between nine and 16 storeys tall as well as the 27-storey centrepiece.

These proposals are phases three and four of the developer’s larger plans for Woolwich Central, granted permission back in 2007, which included the development of the Tesco store.

Council officers have recommended the latest proposals be blocked because of the 27-storey block's height, scale, density and bulk would detrimental to the area's skyline.

Officers have recommended the scheme be rejected because of "overdevelopment" - as well as a lack of affordable housing.

Officers said: "The proposed height, scale and siting at the south western corner of General Gordon Square of the 27 storey Phase three tower would be an incongruous form of development, unacceptably dominating and overbearing to General Gordon Square and the surrounding townscape and Woolwich Town Centre.

"The development by reason of the overall quantum, tenure type and mix of the affordable housing, fails to provide the maximum deliverable amount of affordable housing at a tenure and mix which meets the identified need of residents within the Borough."

As well as the 804 homes, Meyer Homes plan to build shops on the ground floors of the high rises and renovate the areas surrounding them.

A petition against the proposals was backed by more than 1,000 people last year stating that the scheme did not have housing that would "work for everyone".

A spokesman for Speak Out Woolwich, a residents group that started off the back of this phase of Meyer Home's masterplan, said: "The good news is that the officer's report on the application is recommending rejection for eight substantive reasons.

"As no decision is guaranteed and the Planning Board has to come to their own decision at the meeting, we need to ensure that maximum pressure is applied."

Jamie Pearson from Meyer Homes told News Shopper in November that the project would bring the sites back to life and improve the public realm.

He said: "We are committed to bringing these sites back to life, whilst providing real long-term benefits to the local community.

“This includes over 160 affordable flats, a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units, which include the Mayor’s London Living Rent product."

Councillors will debate the proposals at a meeting on Tuesday, March 20.