Conservatives condemn plans for giant tower blocks in Woolwich Arsenal

Conservatives have condemned Greenwich Council plans to build six 14 to 21 storey blocks in Woolwich between the Royal Arsenal development and the Waterfront Leisure Centre.


The plan was approved on a split vote by members of Greenwich Council’s Planning Board on Thursday with 3 votes in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention.  It will build six large tower blocks next to the Thames, destroying open green space, a skate park and the car park for the Waterfront Leisure Centre. 


Residents who attended the Planning Board meeting expressed concerns about the clustering of the towers, the reduction in the amount of light reaching existing buildings and the loss of both car parking and green space as a result of the plans. 


Conservative Councillor Geoff Brighty (who was one of the two votes against the application) said “I am fully aware of the need for more housing in the borough, but I think the picture showing plans for the new development looks like a former Eastern Bloc housing estate.  The Planning Board is constantly being asked to approve tower block after tower block in new developments, particularly along the river and we need to try something different.”


Woolwich Arsenal resident Abdoulaye Diallo said of the plans ““They should be building another hospital or a new primary school not these massive blocks over our park.  The park is well used by families and other residents, so building the blocks will damage everyone’s quality of life.”









Conservatives have already expressed concerns about the future of the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich and these plans, which will make it much harder to visit the building seem to make its survival in the long-term even less likely.