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Council set to reject Formation Architects’ Woolwich tower

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Greenwich Council is set to turn down a 27-storey tower by Formation Architects in Woolwich town centre because of its impact on heritage assets including the Grade II-listed Woolwich Barracks

The proposed tower would have provided 1,000m² of commercial floorspace plus 206 homes.

It forms part of an application recommended for refusal by council planners, which also includes three other mixed-use buildings of between nine and 16 storeys.

A council report set to go to a meeting of the council’s planning board next week said that the tower would be ‘an incongruous form of development, unacceptably dominating and overbearing to General Gordon Square and the surrounding townscape and Woolwich Town Centre’.

Planners are recommending the council refuses the application on eight grounds, which also include a lack of affordable housing, and overdevelopment ‘resulting in a poor quality of accommodation for the future occupants of the site’.

In addition, the report said that homes designed for wheelchair users were not fully policy compliant, and would have a significant detrimental impact on daylight and sunlight levels to surrounding properties.

Air quality and environmental impacts were also cited.

If the council rejects the plans, they will then be referred to London mayor Sadiq Khan, whose stage one report in December said that the application did not comply with the London Plan or draft London Plan.

The proposal, for Meyer Homes, forms phases three and four of the Woolwich Central development, which is being masterplanned by Sheppard Robson and provides nearly 1,000 new flats in total.

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