Thursday, December 23, 2010

Convoy's Wharf planning application

The new plans for the billion pound redevelopment at Convoy's Wharf have been available to view since early November. On the developer's website (aka Hutchinson Whampoa) it says "Since last year, we have been seeking the views of local people, community groups, Lewisham Council and the GLA on our proposals. As a result we have made a number of changes to our initial proposals to reflect – where possible – the comments made."

Further information and the planning application documents can be viewed here:
Responses to the new plans must be in by December 30th. Comments can be made to Lewisham Planning here.

Friends of Deptford Creek (FODC) have a few objections. In their detailed letter of objection to the Lewisham Planning they summarise: "We urge the Mayor, officers and committee to reject this proposal. It offers minimal benefit to the local community and yet seeks to impose greater stress upon it and its infrastructure, offering the minimum of redress.
"The archaeological and historical importance of the site alone offers a unique opportunity to the borough to create a maritime enterprise zone to rival and yet compliment that of Greenwich, to revive and revitalise Deptford's unique local identity and provide sustainable employment into the future.
"Lastly, we urge that all this is considered in balance with the surrounding large residential proposals in the immediate area, already threatening to take unemployment levels to previously unimagined heights and further removing valuable employment space."

For more information read their letter here.

To register your support of their objections or to join Friends of Deptford Creek's petition against the proposals, please send an email to: with "Convoys Wharf" in the subject field.


  1. Greenwich Council's planning committee passed plans to redevelop the Norman Road wharves last night - haven't got any details to hand on exactly what was agreed, though.

  2. The transport plan for the application forecasts that users of Deptford station will decrease quite substantially by 2016 on p82. Half the users compared to 2006. Very strange. The reasons given are - 'Crossrail and High Speed domestic services will divert a considerable amount of existing rail traffic onto other routes'

    That makes no sense. Crossrail is looking to hit SE London by 2019 now anyway, and the only trains that call at Deptford are metro trains coming from Dartford so the High Speed line serving way out into Kent such as Ashford, Margate etc, will have very little bearing on London passenger numbers on this line. The High Speed has been running for a while now with no discernible effects in inner London.