Enderby Wharf emissions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0052
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In answer to previous questions about your assessment of air quality impacts of the proposed cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf you have not addressed the shortcomings of the local planning authority's air quality assessment, which were overlooked by the review you commissioned from Amec Foster Wheeler. Those shortcomings were (a) the LPA's assessment and AMEC's review modelled the impact of relatively clean cruise ships with Tier II engines and with a power load of 3.5MW, when less clean ships with a hoteling power load of 8MW may be common; (b) neither considered the dispersed pollution as the ships arrive and depart from the cruise terminal; (c) neither considered the total emissions from the cruise ships, the escorting tugs, and other Thames Clippers boats which will use the jetty. To satisfy yourself and Londoners that the application fully complies with London Plan Policy 7.14, requiring air quality neutrality in development proposals, will you commission an independent air quality assessment that accounts for these shortcomings?

Answer

Answer for Enderby Wharf emissions

Answer for Enderby Wharf emissions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been planning permission for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf since 2012.

The recently approved application was for the onshore development, which will deliver 477 new homes, approximately 500 direct and indirect jobs and provide a new skills academy, in addition to the huge tourist benefits to London as a world city.

As part of the planning process there was an extensive evaluation of the potential air quality impacts of the onshore development beyond what is formally required by legislation. This was then verified by independent experts on behalf of the GLA.

At the time, RB Greenwich also required an additional assessment of the potential air quality impacts of the cruise terminal and the associated ship movements. The independent assessment of this work, on behalf of the GLA, recognised that ships could potentially have 'moderate adverse' impacts in a worst case scenario.

This is why over £400,000 has been secured towards local mitigation in addition to a low emissions transport scheme to minimise construction and operational traffic. GLA officers are in discussion with Greenwich Council to ensure the expenditure of the secured funds is applied to practical projects.