Controversial £763m plan to build 4 tower blocks across one of London’s best views

Controversial £763m plan to build 4 tower blocks across one of London’s best views

A huge £763 million plan could see four tower blocks built across one of Lodnon’s best views.

Cathedral (Greenwich Beach) Ltd and Morden College have revealed plans to redevelop a six-acre site on the Greenwich peninsula into a mixed residential and business area.

The proposed development branded ‘Morden Wharf’ will see the erection of four towers of up to 36 storeys, consisting of around 1,500 homes – 35 per cent of which are ‘affordable’.

It also asks for permission to build 17,000 square metres of commercial space. The developers claim it will create 1,100 news jobs.

In addition, there will be a landscape park of three acres along 275 metres of the Thames bank, as well as the upgrading of the Thames Path, and bike and car parking.

But the proposal has drawn fierce criticism, with some worrying it could massively impact the view from Greenwich Park.

There are currently some 356 objections to the plans on Greenwich Council’s website, they include The Greenwich Society, Friends of Greenwich Park, and Historic England.

Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook, recently wrote a letter to a senior Greenwich Council Officer, detailing his concerns about the redevelopment, which he said would “have a detrimental impact on the existing character of the area and local heritage assets.”

In his letter Mr Pennycook wrote: “The proposed towers would have a significant impact on views from the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, particularly from Greenwich Park.”

He added: “I feel strongly that the proposed heights of the four buildings that comprise the so-called ‘Parkside Towers’… standing at 21, 25, 30 and 36 storeys respectively, would be wholly inappropriate for the Morden Wharf site and would have a marked detrimental impact on the existing character of the area.”

The application was made by Cathedral (Greenwich Beach) Ltd and Morden College, which is U+I’s previous name.

A spokesperson said: “Our proposals for Morden Wharf will turn what is currently an underused, brownfield industrial site into a new mixed-use neighbourhood, centred on a new three-acre riverside park, which will be open to the public.

“Proposals have been developed in close consultation with the local community and the design of all buildings has been carefully considered to ensure they are in-keeping with the emerging context on the Peninsula.”