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Reject plans for Trident Hotel on Park Row/Crane Street in historic Greenwich

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A planning application has been submitted for the development of a large hotel on Crane Street/Park Row. This will mean the demolition of Trident Hall (what should be a community space) and part of the original Victorian terrace in Crane Street. If this goes ahead a unique part of Greenwich and a World Heritage site will be destroyed forever. Every person who signs the petition and/or writes the Council can play an important part in preventing this from going ahead.

The main reasons for objection to it are as follows:

1) Destroying the character of a World Heritage Site

The plans for it show just how big it is and how it would overshadow, dominate and completely transform the historic character of the area, which is both within a World Heritage Site and part of the East Greenwich Conservation area:

  • it would be higher than the Trafalgar Tavern which it is opposite
  • it would viewable from the river, impacting on the 'Canaletto view' from Island Gardens - and will be even more noticeable at nightime when it is illuminated
  • it would over shadow the Old Royal Naval College.

 

Two of the cottages on Crane Street, currently part of an original and completely intact worke's terrace would be demolished as part of the plans. Currently Crane Street is 'one of the few streets left in Greenwich which has the feel of the Olden Days' (the Greenwich Phantom, 2008). The whole feel of walking back through time walking down this street would be destroyed by the hotel. In the ‘East Greenwich Conservation Area Appraisal’ of 2010, the view of the Queen Anne building from Crane Street is noted as a 'Key landmark and view' due to the “impressive contrast in scale and character”.  

 This is from a letter from the Council saying that an Environmental Impact Assessment is required:

"The proposed demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a 5 storey, 100 bedroom hotel over 2 basement levels is likely to give rise to potential significant environmental effects due to the location, scale and nature of the proposed use. The development is located within a particularly environmentally sensitive and vulnerable location and the development would have complex and / or potentially hazardous environmental effects."

Further plans and pictures can be viewed here - http://forum.greenwich.co.uk/threads/planning-app-trident-hotel-crane-street-park-row.191/

 

2) Impact the quality of life of residents, as well as those enjoying the area

In addition to irreversibly affecting the character of a World Heritage Site, it would adversely impact the quality of life of residents in the area, from Crane Street through to Highbridge Wharf through to Eastney Street.

  • ·Crane Street is a historic Victorian terrace, and Eastney Street which runs at a right angle to Crane Street also has a row of Victorian cottages. The six-storey hotel with its roof terraces would be directly on top of these properties, block out the light, and look directly into the gardens and houses of these properties, destroying the character of them, removing the privacy of the gardens and increasing noise levels. 

 

  • ·Park Row is a cul-de-sac and there is no parking provision; with an increased number of deliveries and drop-offs it would lead to congestion in this extremely restricted site and conflict with the pedestrians and cyclists who enjoy using this part of the Thames Path. 

Please sign the petition, adding your comments, and also write to the Council. You can use points from the text here as a basis for your letter if you wish. You can submit comments online here: http://publicaccess.royalgreenwich.gov.uk:81/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_GRNW_DCAPR_75678

We have until 1 December to gather as much support as possible and express our views to the Council. Thank you for your support and making a difference. 



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