Lewisham Council narrowly approved plans for the town centre Tesco Car Park site next to the station and DLR line, including a 34 storey tower, at a meeting just before Christmas. We were unhappy at the minimal notice given for this important meeting at such a busy time of year.
The Society, alongside local residents and several local councillors, objected strongly to the plans, believing that the tower is too high, that there is inadequate benefit to local residents (including a very low 20% affordable housing element) and the plans fail to address issues about station capacity and access.
There was also an online petition, primarily against the excessive height of the main tower and its proximity to low-rise traditional homes very close by.
Despite this, the Committee approved the scheme, largely identical to the one rejected last April, by 4 votes to 3.