Greenwich Ecology Park: Shade from Tall Buildings

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by a constituent who states 'We are very concerned about a proposed building development right next to the Greenwich Ecology Park. The proposals are for a tower block which will shade the park and cause damage to the habitats. There has been a proposal in the past which did not involve a tall building and did not cast shade on the park. The Ecology Park is the home of many animal and plant species and it is a wonderful peaceful place for residents and visitors. We know that housing development is also important but I am sure you would not want the wrong kind of development, one that would impact negatively on the environment. Please let us know the GLA's position on the balance between housing and biodiversity in such planning applications.'


Answer for Greenwich Ecology Park: Shade from Tall Buildings

Answer for Greenwich Ecology Park: Shade from Tall Buildings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On 22 March 2012, I delegated the decision on this case (PDU/0519i/02) to Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff. I understand that the matter of ecology and biodiversity was considered by Sir Edward at the consultation stage and again at the determination stage, including representations received from Natural England who raised no objection to the proposals. The Environmental Statement concluded that the Ecology Park would not experience any permanent overshadowing when the proposed development is built out. Given the outline nature of the proposals submitted at that time, the Council also conditioned further detailed work to respond to the matter of overshadowing of the Ecology Park to ensure its long term protection.