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Pickles approves Greenwich Market redevelopment

Plans to redevelop London’s Greenwich Market and build a new boutique hotel on land in a conservation area surrounded by a World Heritage Site (WHS) have been given the go-ahead by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in line with the recommendation of a planning inspector.

The proposals by landowners Greenwich Hospital were originally rejected by Greenwich Council. The subsequent appeal was called in by the Secretary of State because of the scheme’s impact on the WHS.

The hearing last year considered both the original application and a revised scheme, designed by Hopkins Architects, put forward by Greenwich Hospital. The inspector agreed with many of the objections to the original proposals which would have been harmful to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Bu he concluded that the revised plans, which dropped plans for a canopy roof and retained the market’s cobbles, would maintain the “universal value, integrity and authenticity of the WHS” which would be conserved by the regeneration. The scheme, he said, would “preserve the setting of nearby listed buildings”.

The redevelopment of the market, backed strongly by the Greenwich Society and local MP Nick Raynsford, will not begin until January 2013 at the earliest. Traders will move to a new temporary market at Monument Gardens while the redevelopment work is under way.

Councillor Ray Walker, chair of Greenwich Council’s Planning Board, complained the development was totally out of keeping with the history and architecture of Greenwich town centre and not of a sufficiently high standard for a World Heritage Site.

Download the decision letter and Inspector’s report.


Roger Milne

27 January 2011