Councillors hear latest plans for Grove Market Development

After attending last weeks exhibition, Eltham South councillors Adam Thomas and Eileen Glover attended a meeting with Eltham Renaissance and their architects to get further details on how the scheme is likely to change.

Eltham Renaissance is now considering changing the original planning permission, instead looking to split the site between a business hotel and flats, as well as offering the ground floor space for a new supermarket.  The main entrance to the site will still be on Court Yard and underground parking will be provided.

Councillors were assured that no firm decisions had been made at this stage and asked the Eltham Renaissance to undertake further consultation with resident groups.  If the development did change to become a hotel, then further planning permissions would need to be sought from Greenwich Council, because it would be a change of use from residential flats.

Cllr Adam Thomas said, "Clearly this is a controversial development which did not get approval from the council's Planning Board, but instead was forced through by the last Labour Government, therefore we are constrained in what we can expect in terms of changes.

We do welcome the developer undertaking further consultation, however we will be closely scrutinizing the final proposals that come forward.  I think all residents want to see this developed, but it's ensuring that it is high quality and brings wider benefits to the town centre."

Your local councillors will ensure that residents are made aware if further planning applications are submitted, if you are concerned about this site, please contact Cllr Adam Thomas on adam.thomas@greenwich.gov.uk