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Prescott urged to investigate £15m Greenwich scheme

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A housing and shopping scheme above Cutty Sark dlr station in Greenwich, near the world-famous ship, has been condemned by campaigners, who want the deputy prime minister to look into the project.

The development (above), by mkr Partnership, will include student flats, shops and maisonettes, and will cost around £15 million. But it has increased in size and the new buildings are unsympathetic to the area, says the dlr Monitoring Group, a community organisation.

The group produced its own scheme of social housing and community spaces, but it was rejected by English Partnerships, which backed the current scheme by developer Centros Miller. A scheme by Allies and Morrison and developer mab was also rejected by ep.

Philip Binns, architect co-ordinator of the dlr Monitoring Group, said of mkr's scheme: 'A glazed roof band above the existing ornate parapet is inappropriate. The site is being over-developed and the juxtaposition of new and old is very uncomfortable.

'We want John Prescott to take stock of this; even if the development goes ahead it is unlikely to be ready before well into the millennium. The station is due to be finished in autumn 1999 and people will come up from the trains into a building site.'

Graham Morrison of Allies and Morrison said he was 'miffed' with ep for not backing it. 'Our scheme meets all the conditions and has the support of English Heritage,' he said.

A full planning application has been submitted for the scheme, and the design will be subject to a period of public consultation until 23 April.

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