CAMPAIGNERS say the Convoys Wharf development must include a tribute to the former dockyard's rich naval heritage.

Plans for a £168m mixed-use residential and entertainment development at the historic wharf in Deptford were approved in May, despite strong public opposition.

Now those opposed to the plans are demanding space is at least set aside for a lasting monument to celebrate the area's history.

Convoys Wharf was founded by Henry VIII in 1513 and remained open until 1869.

During this time it was a fully-functioning naval base and used by the Royal Navy to build warships and store equipment.

New plans for the wharf, which is owned by News International, will see it transformed into a mini village with 3,500 residential units, an exhibition centre and a recycling plant.

But some residents are worried the development will destroy the character of the area.

Dave Fleming, of Daubaney Tower, is meeting with Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock soon to discuss a possible monument for the site.

He said: "The design of the buildings does not fit in with the rest of Deptford. It will create a segregated community.

"This development must at least include a monument or museum, something to acknowledge the past and give it a link to the area.

"This is our opportunity to get the history of Deptford recognised."

Mr Fleming says he would like to see a statue or naval museum included in the development plan.

Interest group Convoys Opportunity has also identified a number of possible items, which could provide a lasting landmark.

This includes a 300-year-old clock which was taken from the site 20 years ago and moved to the town centre in Thamesmead.

Convoys Opportunity leader William Richards said: "The wharf is of great historic value.

"If the development is to have any sense of place it must include some recognition of the past."

A News International spokesman says a site will be left vacant within the new development, specifically for "historical reference" to the area's past.