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Help us save the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park from encroaching development.

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Write to a local councillor

Friends of GPEP is working together to ensure that local residents and supporters of the park are writing to the Planning Board who are making decisions about the future of GPEP. Let them know why the park is important to you and the vibrant Greenwich community. If you can, send a hard copy to the chair and the vice chair!

Below is a template letter that you can feel free to use and adapt as well as the names and addresses of the Councillors on the Planning Committee. It is best to make your objections as individual as possible rather than send duplicates, so pick and choose the areas that you feel most strongly about.  Their email addresses are on the site and if you are able to please print out two copies and post to the Chair and Vice Chair – we want them to physically see the strength of feeling over the fate of the Ecology Park.

Thanks for taking the time to support GPEP, its wildlife and its community!

Template for letter to Councillors on the Planning Committee

Dear Councillor,

As a resident of Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) for over xxx years/Friend of Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park/ a regular visitor to the Ecology Park/ a keen bird watcher/ nature lover/ etc., I want to put on record my objections to plans for a 20 storey tower block in the village (on Plot 201).

Damage to Ecology Park

The tower is double the size of the vast majority of the housing in GMV and will cast a long shadow – crucially damaging unique habitats and wildlife in the Ecology Park. The overshadowing will damage the Park by increasing dampness and cooling the ground.

The Ecology Park is home to a number of rare and endangered species that will be badly affected.Regular bird surveys record in excess of 60 species annually, including important winter and summer migrants and Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species.  The common terns that currently nest on rafts in the lake will only nest in full sunlight. The building threatens the 20 species of dragonfly and damselfly, 16 species of butterfly, more than 60 species of spider including red data book species, nearly 200 species of moth encompassing numerous red data book species and species of other rarity designations – even some thought to be locally extinct.

A 2016 survey of bees found over 80 confirmed species – around double the number recorded at Kew Gardens, including two species new to the UK. All these species are inextricably linked to the park’s mosaic of interdependent habitats and the rich and varied flora. This flora will be altered significantly, detrimentally and irredeemably by the excessive shading created by the proposed tower block.

Damage to an important community and educational asset

The Park is a much needed natural oasis for residents, visitors and children, as well as for birds and a wide variety of wildlife.Walking round in the shade is not a pleasurable experience. Schools regularly take children to the Ecology Park to enjoy looking at and studying the wildlife and fauna. The lack of sunlight and poorer diversity will undermine their visits and educational value.

The volunteers who spend many hours maintaining and shaping the environment for the public to enjoy will have to work longer in cold and shady conditions, as well as watching some of their hard work disappear along with the wildlife and plant species.

The park also carries out important community outreach work encouraging and helping young people who have problems or people with mental health issues to volunteer.A dark and dismal park does not help to promote a positive environment

Damage to surrounding area

The 20 storey tower block is out of all proportion to other buildings on the estate. Many residents’ apartments (my apartment) will be affected because the tower will block the sunlight coming into flats.

GMV was created as a development with outstanding green credentials which will be undermined by the tower block. The light coming into apartments will be affected, crucially in winter, where the solar gain is significant and cuts the need for heating, reducing bills and saving vital long-term energy resources.

The building will cast a long shadow over the Thames footpath and on the nearby Yacht Club.

What the Planning Committee can do

I urge the Council to reject the current plans. A great deal of the damage created by the proposed 20 storey block could be avoided by moving the tower further away from the park and reducing its height.This would have the additional benefit of making it comparable to the size of all the other buildings currently in the area.


Planning Committee Contact List

Councillor Mark James (Chair)
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 5047
mark.james@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Ray Walker (Vice-Chair)
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8856 9414
ray.walker@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Norman Adams
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 5045
norman.adams@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Peter Brooks
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 6012
peter.brooks@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Ambreen Hisbani
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
07711 490 280
ambreen.hisbani@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Denise Hyland
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 5659
denise.hyland@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Clive Mardner
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8311 4921
clive.mardner@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Sarah Merrill
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 6393
07711 490 282
sarah.merrill@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Morrissey
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 6393
paul.morrissey@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Steve Offord
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 6393
07507 859186
steve.offord@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Harpinder Singh
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
07956 412 062
harpinder.singh@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Danny Thorpe
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
020 8921 5062
07940 470 922
danny.thorpe@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Geoffrey Brighty
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
0750 785 9205
geoffrey.brighty@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Matt Clare
7 Woodmere
Eltham
London
SE9 5NT
07764 197 837
matt.clare@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Councillor Mark Elliott
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
07711 490 296
mark.elliott@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Victoria Geoghegan
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
07711 490 296
victoria.geoghegan@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Neil Willey
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6PW
07711 490 296
neil.willey@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Click here to find out more about the history of the Greenwich Millennium Village development.

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