Plot 21 (Safeguarded Wharf) Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report (Submitted 11th January 2021)
Forty Shillings led a consultation process for Plot 21 in December. Plot 21 is the Safeguarded Wharf. They then spoke of building an additional 400 to 600 residential units. There was strong pressure from Deptford Folk for this plot to become a green public park and play area, something which is strikingly absent in this development. It is also where the Build the Lenox project is to be based.
Now the developers have submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report, requested by LB Lewisham planners. In this the figure has gone up to 986 additional residential units. You can see the Report and the response of Lewisham Council in the form of a Scoping Opinion here .
The Scoping Opinion relates to the redevelopment of Plot 21 or Phase 4 of the Convoys Wharf development site for:
• the construction of new buildings providing up to 76,800 sqm of residential space (use class C3) (up to 986 residential units),
• up to 3,200 sqm of commercial use space (use class E)
• and associated car / cycle parking, ancillary space and landscaping.
It is envisaged that Phase 4 would form the final phase of development on the wider masterplan site.
The highest significance of the archeology on this plot are the archaeological remains of the large Mast Pond, Mast Pond Canal and a small part of the Small Mast Pond, These are connected to the listed river.
A number of concerns have been raised by the organisations consulted on these proposal by LBL, including the risk of flooding raise by the Environment Agency. The strongest comments come from the Port of London Authority (PLA).
“The PLA strongly objects to the lack of justification or consideration of the plots current ministerial safeguarding and planning permission as a safeguarded wharf here. In line with London Plan policy, any proposed alternative development at this plot must first robustly justify why the site no longer viable or capable of being made viable for waterborne freight. As has been noted within scoping opinion with regard to the Lenox project, there are also certain details regarding the site as a safeguarded wharf in the
2015 development as the only use for this plot. Therefore, it is essential that full justification is provided with regard to the areas safeguarded wharf status before any alternative uses are can be considered.”
Can LB Lewisham seriously consider granting planning permission for this massive addition of up to 986 residential units, on top of the 3,500 already planned in this potentially over developed site?
The Borough is under pressure to provide more homes for families on the housing waiting at prices affordable to those on lower income. However more units on this site will be an even greater problem for local transport and local services, not to mention the effect it will have on Deptford people. Also a working wharf would provide much needed employment.
Voice4Deptford would like to see these family homes contained within the existing number of units permitted.
You can have your say about the proposal by contacting Forty Shillings by the Convoys Wharf website here.
Plot 22 RMA regarding restaurant building submitted 1st March 2021
Changes to design of proposed restaurant on the jetty. An application has gone in to the Planning Department. You can see it here.
OBJECTIONS TO PLOTS O8, 22, 15 and the demolition of part of the Grade II listed East Wall along Watergate Street
Voice 4 Deptford has a number of major objections to the developers’ detailed planning applications to Lewisham.
RMA for Plot 08 (Received Wednesday 20th June 2018)
Plot 08 is about a block of private 1 and 2 bedroom flats with a 14 storey corner which you would see looking from Deptford High Street to towards the river.
It is our view that Plot 08 should be rejected because:
- There is no social rented or truly affordable housing in it;
- There is insufficient green space around it with an all private podium garden in the middle;
- Its design isn’t child friendly – shows little understanding of the real needs of children and young people;
- There has been no cultural input from the local community as to how the building should look or complement the surrounding buildings or the heritage of the people of Deptford.
These objections to Plot 08 are laid out in the following documents.
YOU can object NOW to plans for Plot 08 by clicking on the HOW TO OBJECT button above. There is a template which offers you the opportunity to make your voice heard on each of the points above.
RMA for Plot 22 (Received Monday 11th June 2018)
Plot 22 is about the river jetty and a proposal for a temporary private marketing suite instead of a public jetty park.
It is Voice 4 Deptford’s view that Plot 22 should be rejected because:
- There has been no consultation on it, contrary to planning law;
- The original river park has gone – the developers want to put a 2/3 storey building on it in place of the river park they promised originally (where are our loos, swings, benches?);
- It will add traffic – a new “temporary” entrance is proposed, breaking through the wall directly opposite Twinkle park, which will bring additional traffic down an already very narrow Watergate Street;
- There has been no cultural input from the local community as to how the jetty should look or complement the surrounding buildings and the heritage of the people of Deptford.
These objections to Plot 22 are laid out, in the following documents.
- Read our full 3 pages of Comments objecting to Plot 22 here.
- Read our full 7 pages of Additional Comments objecting to Plot 22 here.
YOU can object NOW to plans for Plot 22 by clicking on the HOW TO OBJECT button above. There is a template, written in non technical language, which offers you the opportunity to make your voice heard on each of the points above.
RMA for Plot 15 (Received Tuesday 16th April 2019)
A third RMA has been made for Plot 15. This has been brought forward at the request of LB Lewisham and the Mayor of Lewisham. The block consists of Affordable and Social Rented housing.
It is Voice 4 Deptford’s view that Plot 15 should be rejected.
Voice 4 Deptford value LB Lewisham’s attempts to bring forward affordable housing with some social rented housing in the Plot 15 while holding back consideration of RMA’s for Plots 08 and 22. There are certain improvements in Plot 15 over Plot 08, which show it is possible to create better design with human scale architecture, a different approach to play and bringing in passive house features. It emphasises the point that Plot 08 needs a radical rethink, as does the whole development. Since sending our comments on Plots 08 and 22, the need to deal with climate change and the natural environment, the changing economic climate and the plight of children and young people has become much more urgent.
In addition there will be no social rented homes as we define it. This means that the younger generation of Deptford’s local families will be forced to leave the area and, thereby, our area’s unique mix of people and heritages will be destroyed.
- Read our objections to Plot 15 in full here.
YOU can object NOW to plans for Plot 15 via the LB Lewisham Planning Portal
RMA for Demolition of part of the Grade II listed East Wall along Watergate Street (Received Thursday 23rd May 2019)
A fourth RMA was submitted for the demolition of part of the Grade II listed East Wall along Watergate Street.
Voice 4 Deptford objects to the proposed demolition of a part of the Grade II listed wall, along Watergate Street on the grounds that it is unnecessary demolition of a part of an integral whole of the extant wall surrounding the former Deptford Royal Dockyard and former Royal Victoria Victualing Yard on the grounds that it will cause harm to precious heritage assets.
The resulting entrance gates to Convoys Wharf at Watergate Street and the proposed route for construction and other traffic fail to take local conditions into account. There is a lack of attention to detail on where construction traffic will pass, carelessness of trees and the local environment and a lack of respect for local residents.
- Read our objections in full here.
An alternative solution to demolishing part of the Grade II Listed Wall.