“A fantastic result for our wildlife and local community” that is the verdict of resident and Friend of Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, Sue Younghouse, to news that Greenwich Council Planning Board last night turned down plans for the 13 storey building overshadowing the Eco Park.
The Council received 499 letters of objection from local residents and supporters, to the reserved matters application from Developers Taylor Wimpey and Countryside. Demonstrators outside Woolwich Town Hall last night carried placards featuring some of the birds and wildlife that would be affected by the tower block saying “Save Our Sunshine”.
“It was great to see so many people come and show their support for the Park. It is a real haven for wildlife and has some very rare species of butterflies and insects. Local families, schools and wildlife enthusiasts love to visit the Park because of its unique eco-system. It was created using £10m of taxpayers’ money to provide a green space in perpetuity and should not be damaged by overshadowing.
“We are delighted that the Planning Board listened so carefully to the arguments and did not pass the Developers latest proposals. They urged them to think again and come up with new designs that would be more sympathetic and less damaging to the surrounding area.
“It can’t be very often that the Planning Board get a standing ovation,amid cheers and tears.”
50 plus objectors crammed into the meeting room and speaker after speaker presented detailed facts and arguments about the damage that the tower block would cause to the delicate eco-balance in the Park. Supported by the Peninsula ward’s 3 local Councillors, the Board also heard about the positive work the Park does for schools and the local nurseries. In addition the value of green spaces to individuals was also highlighted as it provides a haven of peace in a very densely built up area