Oppose the current development plans for the Spray Street Quarter in Woolwich

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We, the undersigned, call upon Greenwich Council to reject the current planning application for the Spray Street Quarter on the following grounds:

 1.  All of the existing buildings will be demolished, including the 1936 Covered Market (see picture), established offices and businesses, the former Labour Exchange on Spray Street, and local heritage buildings on Plumstead Road and Woolwich New Road.

 2. Only 14.5% of new housing will be at social rents. This goes against the Council’s Core Strategy policy H3 which states that all new developments must have a minimum 25% homes at social rent levels.

 3. Only 18% of the homes will be family sized (3 bedrooms +). The Council’s Core Strategy policy H2 states that 51% of the local housing need is for family sized homes. This development therefore falls short of this figure by 33%.

 4. The small number of family homes means that as families grow they have to move out of the area. Already local people, especially local younger people, are being forced out of the area because they can’t afford to live here.

 5. Over 150 local small businesses currently operate in the area. These are overwhelmingly black and ethnic minority (BME) businesses. These businesses will have to move out (with many therefore closing) and the new rents will be set too high even if some do eventually want to move back.

 6. The Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) for the development states that: “ taking into account employment on the existing site, displacement of jobs elsewhere and indirect jobs supported in the supply chain, the proposed development would lead to the loss of 173 workforce jobs on site and the supply chain. The jobs will potentially affect all priority groups, with a potentially larger effect being felt by BME communities.

 7. It goes on to say “ The overall impact of the job losses is expected to be permanent.” It is simply not acceptable in an area of such high economic deprivation to permanently lose 173 (predominantly BME) jobs.

 8. We therefore urge Greenwich Council to reject the current planning application as it stands and to rethink the development of this area. We need a redevelopment that is community-led not developer-led.

 Speak Out Woolwich is a local residents’ group that wants to see community- led regeneration in Woolwich that protects local heritage and jobs, and ensures that local housing needs are met.

 Sign the petition now and object to the current planning application:

https://planning.royalgreenwich.gov.uk - enter planning reference 18/0126/F.

 Email speakoutwoolwich@gmail.com to join Speak Out Woolwich.

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