A developer that wants to build a block of flats by a playground in Deptford has defended the plans despite objections.  

Aurora Apartments (Greenwich) wants to build the three-storey building on a small plot of land by the Armada Community Project and Charlotte Turner Gardens in McMillan Street.  

But the proposals have sparked a backlash in the area. 

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The build, according to a CGI from the developer, would cast a shadow over the neighbouring nursery playground and locals say children will lose out on vital play space if the plans go ahead, as well a green space.  

Responding to the objections a spokesperson for Aurora Apartments (Greenwich) said the building was designed to “minimise any detrimental impact” on the surrounding area. 

He said: “We note that there are some local objections and we have been in contact with members of the local community in recent months regarding this.  

 “Although the site is next to a park and children’s play area, we have endeavoured to design a scheme with architectural merit, rather than a standard central London ‘box’ and also endeavoured to minimise any detrimental impact upon these areas.” 

He also argued that the former pub on the site, demolished nearly 20 years ago, was three storeys in height.  

“The site was previously occupied by a three-storey public house and also obtained planning permission for a three-storey residential building in 2004.    

“On this basis, we consider that the principle of the proposal is acceptable and provides a high-quality design that will contribute much needed housing to the local area,” he said.  

The application is in the consultation phase and will go before a Greenwich planning committee at a date yet to be set.