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Tuesday22 August 2017

Aedas tries again with Deptford tower scheme

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Aedas has submitted revised plans for a £1 billion development on one of the most historic wharves on the River Thames.

The Convoys Wharf scheme in Deptford, south-east London, has sparked controversy, with residents and some architects opposed to the plans for towers of 40, 32 and 26 storeys.

Bill Ellson, secretary of the Creekside Forum, said the proposals were “deathly dull, insipid and boring” and complained that the tallest blocks were planned for the riverside.

Developer Hutchison Whampoa described the 17ha site as “potentially the borough’s most significant catalyst for regeneration”, saying Aedas’s aim was to “reconnect Deptford with the river”.

The outline application proposes 3,500 new homes — 500 of them affordable, a primary school, 11,000sq m of retail, 50,000sq m of “employment and wharf uses”, 9,000sq m of arts and cultural uses and a 360-bedroom hotel.

It is expected to go to committee in November before being referred to the mayor.

David Kohn, who has worked on sites around nearby Deptford Creek, described the scheme as “massive overdevelopment”, adding: “We advocated steering away from high-rise towers and towards wharf-scaled courtyard buildings that would protect the local ecology and historic fabric.”

A previous scheme by Richard Rogers won outline planning approval in 2005 when News International owned the site. But the land was sold to Hutchison Whampoa in 2008.

The site contains the grade II listed Olympia Warehouse and the river frontage has protected wharf status.

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  • zecks_marquise

    leaving aside how rubbish this looks - how exactly are going to get away with only providing 14% affordable housing?

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  • ARG! this is unbelievably bad.

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  • Fenster Grau

    This is how the German Democratic Republic would have looked if their economie had worked.

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  • 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.

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