Revised plans by Knight Dragon massively increase housing from 10,000 to 16,000 units

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Developer Knight Dragon has received approval for a revised masterplan for London’s Greenwich Peninsula, which massively increases the number of homes from 10,000 to nearly 16,000.

Outline planning consent was given by Greenwich council yesterday and the plans will now go to the mayor of London for approval. The residences will be housed in buildings rising up to 40 storeys.

The proposals revise part of the 2004 approved Greenwich Peninsula masterplan and include a new transport hub, film and media studios, shops, restaurants and a 5km running track around the site.

Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “I know there are very real concerns about the scale of this development and those have been fully considered during the decision making process.

“The board felt that the plans are right for the area and for London as a whole, providing so many new homes at a time of a critical shortage in London. Yes, some of the buildings are tall, but these are mainly situated to the north just opposite Canary Wharf with towers that will dwarf the Peninsula structures.

“It is also important that where a large number of new buildings are proposed the infrastructure and layout is right and we feel this development will deliver a hugely enhanced environment.”

The decision by the council, subject to approval by the mayor of London, gives the go-ahead to:

  • 13,000 new homes, bringing a total of nearly 16,000 new homes, of which almost 4,000 are affordable, to the Peninsula
  • The demolition and complete rebuild of the North Greenwich tube and bus station allowing for more bus capacity
  • A new 40,000-square-metre film studio creating 1,500 new jobs
  • 60,000 square metres of new business space
  • 24,000 square metres of new retail/food/drink space
  • One or potentially two new hotels
  • Two new schools (one primary, one ‘through school’)
  • A new 20,000-square-metre visitor attraction
  • A new ferry jetty terminal
  • A new 5-kilometre running track around the whole site
  • New healthcare facility
  • The expansion of Ravensbourne