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Greenwich campaigners urge Prescott to halt 'vandalism'

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Deputy pm John Prescott is being called on to stop 'profit-motivated vandalism' and save part of a World Heritage Site from destruction.

Greenwich residents have condemned Centros-Miller's four-to-five-storey living and retail complex, designed by mkr Partnership, which was approved last week for a site on historic Church Street.

The council's decision flies in the face of united opposition from English Heritage, the Georgian Group and unesco advisers, according to local campaign organisation the dlr Monitoring Group. The approval means that an alternative design by Allies and Morrison will bite the dust unless Prescott intervenes. The dlr Monitoring Group says the a&m scheme, for the developer mab, is more sensitive in massing, height and retention of existing shops.

According to the campaign group, the council railroaded the vote by limiting debating time. 'My family have been here for four generations and I was not allowed two minutes to speak,' said Jeff Goddard from the Goddard Pie Shop.

The dlr Monitoring Group said: 'Only John Prescott can now stop the profit- motivated vandalism which the Centros-Miller scheme would inflict.'

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