Clive Efford adds his voice to criticism of Studio Egret West tower proposal and client Berkeley Group
The developer behind controversial plans for a Studio Egret West-designed tower in the London suburbs has demonstrated ‘sheer naked greed and opportunism’ with the proposal, the area’s MP has claimed.
Last week, AJ revealed the row over the proposed 31-storey tower, at Berkeley Group’s £1bn Kidbrooke Village development in south east London, with former City planning officer Peter Rees among those attacking the idea of building so tall in a low-rise area with moderate transport links.
Labour MP Clive Efford - whose constituency covers Kidbrooke - has now waded in, accusing the listed housebuilder of acting in the interests of shareholders rather than the local community.
He said: ‘The [Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands] masterplan said the tower site was going to be a hotel but there seems to have been a minimal effort put into finding a hotel partner.
‘I’ve been staggered by the sheer naked greed and opportunism of Berkeley Homes. It has done nothing to improve local transport links in the area and removed two local bus routes.’
Efford added that many of his younger constituents are being forced out of the area because of spiralling property prices despite the ‘massive’ housing development in their midst.
‘The tower has been overwhelmingly rejected and condemned by local residents,’ he said. ‘Who are these properties being built for?’
Berkeley declined to comment.