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Redevelopment proposals for Greenwich market rejected for the second time

PUBLISHED: 15:50 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:05 27 August 2010

Greenwich Market protest

Greenwich Market protest

Carmen Valino

Plans to redevelop a historic market have been unanimously rejected by councillors for the second time.

The decision was made last night by members of Greenwich council’s planning board after Greenwich Hospital Estates who own Greenwich Market submitted amendments to the plans, which were unanimously rejected last August.

The proposed scheme included new shops, offices and a 104-room boutique hotel alongside the redeveloped market.

Councillor Maureen O’Mara said: “The decision was unanimous again. I’m pleased about it however the future is yet to be decided.

“We have to put our case forward and see what happens. It’s all in the hands of the planning inspectorate now so we have no idea how it could go.”

The planning appeal and the revised application will be considered at a planning inquiry starting on September 7 which is expected to last ten days and will be overseen by an independent planning inspector.

Once the inquiry has concluded the inspector will then make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will make the final decision.

The modifications to the scheme included retaining and re-covering the market roof which the developers had originally intended to replace with a part glass roof.

Councillors expressed concern over the impact that the new scheme would have on the skyline with the imposing structure being visible from Observatory Hill in Greenwich park.

They also heard that the proposed hotel building at the heart of the new scheme would block views of the market from the main pedestrian entrance.

Council Leader Chris Roberts said: “The minor changes that the developers have proposed do not alter the council’s view that the scheme is completely out of keeping with the architecture of the town centre and not fitting for a World Heritage Site.”

Last Sunday campaigners protested against the redevelopment proposals outside the arts and crafts market.

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