Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Deptford Creek, Norman Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9QF - 18/0615/F

The Board is requested to grant full planning permission in order to facilitate and increase the potential for use of the river to transport excavated material from the Tideway Greenwich Pumping Station site it is necessary to remove the tidal constraints, as set out in the report.

 

Decision:

Resolved to grant full planning permission in order to facilitate and increase the potential for use of the river to transport excavated material from the Tideway Greenwich Pumping Station site it is necessary to remove the tidal constraints.  In line with the required the following works to be undertaken:

 

Proposed works comprising:

o   Checking the pile line for potential obstructions and removing any encountered;

o   Installation of circa 100m sheet pile retaining wall adjacent to Phoenix Wharf;

o   Installation of 9no. mooring / fender piles adjacent to Phoenix Wharf;

o   Capital dredging between the Network Rail Bridge and Creek Road Bridge (A200);

o   In-river maintenance measures to maintain the baseline (post capital dredging works) river bed profile. This includes maintenance dredging, local bed levelling, installation of scour protection (rip-rap or similar) and reactive dredging;

o   Construction of a gravel campshed alongside Phoenix Wharf including placement of stone gabion baskets to form part of the campshed;

o   Placement of permanent scour protection to protect the downstream abutments of the Network Rail Bridge, including provision for walking access across the scour protection by the Creekside centre;

o   Placement of permanent stone riprap scour protection to protect the toe of RW524 (opposite Thanet Wharf);

o   Installation of marine safety equipment / ladder access and navigational;

o   Placement of a temporary floating platform between mooring piles and river wall to prevent material being loaded into barges from falling into the creek;

 

On completion of Thames Tideway Tunnel works the following works will be undertaken to restore the creek;

o   Full removal or cropping of mooring piles to 1m below existing bed level;

o   Full removal or cropping of sheet piles to 1m below existing bed level;

o   Removal of temporary floating platform.

Minutes:

The Planning Board noted the circulated submission from a resident, in relation to this application.

 

The Planning Officer gave an illustrated presentation, drawing Members attention to the addendum report which had been circulated in advance of the meeting.  He advised that the works were necessary to allow barges to access and egress along the estuary, which would replace circa 10,000 lorry deliveries to the development site, upstream.

 

In response to Members questions, the Planning Officer confirmed that the construction was temporary until the expected time of completion of the Tideway Tunnel, in 2023.  Whilst the works may, in the long term, increase the viability of the river for future use, that was not part of the consideration before Members.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address by a resident who spoke in favour of the application but questioned the removal of the temporary platform at the end of period and if it were possible to condition that further consultation be undertaken with the stakeholders on its long term future.

 

The Planning Officer advised the Board that it would not be feasible to implement this speaker’s request.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the Applicant who advised that the land that the temporary platform would be erected on was being leased and it would be for the land owner, at the end of the lease, to decide on the future use of the site.

 

The Chair put the proposal to grant planning permission to the vote with 11 Members in favour, 0 members against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved Unanimously –

 

Resolved to grant full planning permission in order to facilitate and increase the potential for use of the river to transport excavated material from the Tideway Greenwich Pumping Station site it was necessary to remove the tidal constraints.  In line with the required the following works to be undertaken:

 

Proposed works comprising:

o   Checking the pile line for potential obstructions and removing any encountered;

o   Installation of circa 100m sheet pile retaining wall adjacent to Phoenix Wharf;

o   Installation of 9no. mooring / fender piles adjacent to Phoenix Wharf;

o   Capital dredging between the Network Rail Bridge and Creek Road Bridge (A200);

o   In-river maintenance measures to maintain the baseline (post capital dredging works) river bed profile. This includes maintenance dredging, local bed levelling, installation of scour protection (rip-rap or similar) and reactive dredging;

o   Construction of a gravel campshed alongside Phoenix Wharf including placement of stone gabion baskets to form part of the campshed;

o   Placement of permanent scour protection to protect the downstream abutments of the Network Rail Bridge, including provision for walking access across the scour protection by the Creekside centre;

o   Placement of permanent stone riprap scour protection to protect the toe of RW524 (opposite Thanet Wharf);

o   Installation of marine safety equipment / ladder access and navigational;

o   Placement of a temporary floating platform between mooring piles and river wall to prevent material being loaded into barges from falling into the creek;

 

On completion of Thames Tideway Tunnel works the following works will be undertaken to restore the creek;

o   Full removal or cropping of mooring piles to 1m below existing bed level;

o   Full removal or cropping of sheet piles to 1m below existing bed level;

o   Removal of temporary floating platform.

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