Council asks mayor to reject £1bn Convoys Wharf scheme
Planning committee banned from ruling on local project
Lewisham council has appealed to Boris Johnson not to approve Farrells’ £1 billion Convoys Wharf development unless the developer makes major changes.
The mayor of London is due to rule on the application next month after controversially stripping the local authority of its planning powers in October.
Last week Lewisham went ahead with its scheduled strategic planning committee and effectively rejected the scheme.
Deprived of its planning powers, it instead resolved to ask the mayor to reject the scheme unless “further amendments” are made.
Councillors supported the principle of the development but are concerned by the scale of proposed building and its effect on the area’s heritage.
Chairman John Paschoud said: “This site is of great historic importance not just to London but the whole country.
“It’s where Henry VIII established the Royal Naval Dockyard, where Peter the Great trained, where the Golden Hind was built, and where the idea for the National Trust emerged.
“The area needs to be developed sympathetically and we have chosen to endorse a number of reasonable requirements that we think are needed in order to achieve this.”
Developer Hutchison Whampoa wants to build 3,500 homes on the 16.6ha riverside site at Deptford.
The scheme drawn up by Farrells – which replaced Aedas on the job – includes three towers rising to 40 storeys.
Hutchison Whampoa appealed directly to Johnson after losing patience with Lewisham last year. It accused the council of making “unreasonable and unwarranted” demands and of pushing the scheme’s viability “to its limits”.