VIP Trading Estate public hearing

In their role of making strategic planning decisions, the Mayor may occasionally take over an application, therefore becoming the local planning authority. They must then hold a public hearing before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission. 

In this instance, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, took over the application for the redevelopment of VIP Trading Estate . 

Background to the public hearing

On 26 July 2018 Greenwich advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the redevelopment proposals for VIP Trading Estate.  

On 13 August 2018, having considered a report on the case, the Mayor notified Greenwich that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning applications (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act). 

The local authority for this case is 16/4008/F. The GLA reference is 3800. 


GLA documents

The Mayor's initial stage 1 and stage 2 report are available to download here

Public Consultation 3 December - 14 January 2019

Subsequent to the Mayor’s direction, on 3 December 2018 the applicant submitted revisions in support of the application including:

  • the reduction in height of Building G by two and a half storeys to part three, part four storeys;
  • the reduction in height of two storeys of Building J to five storeys;
  • the increase in height of Building D by one storey to ten storeys;
  • the increase in height of Buildings E and F by one storey to part eight, part nine and part ten storeys;
  • the increase in the quantum of flexible commercial/retail floorspace from 3,201 to 3,250 sq.m. (GEA);
  • a reduction in the number of car parking spaces by two and the increase in cycle parking provision from 1,323  to 1,400 spaces;
  • the relocation of the car park entrance to the north east of Plot A and the relocation of residential entrances of Building F to be accessed from the east-west link.
  • The amendments do not seek to alter the quantum of residential units (771) or the quantum of community floorspace (909 sq.m. GEA) originally proposed, but alter the residential mix resulting in a reduction of four studio units; an increase of two one bedroom units and five two bedroom units; and the reduction of one three bed unit and two four bedroom units.

The applicant’s submission includes further environmental information under Regulation 22 of the EIA Regulations in relation to the Environmental Statement which has already been provided


Copies of these documents are available to view at the following locations:


Consultation period

The consultation period  was originally meant to run until 11 January 2019. However, as the applicant is carrying out a public viewing of the amendments on the weekend of 12 and 13 Jan at the Anchor and Hope pub, the consultation period is being extended to Monday 14 January. This is to allow anyone to submit representations following the viewing. 

The application will not be decided before this consultation period ends. Comments received after the date referred to above, but before a decision is made, may still be taken into account but failure to meet this deadline could result in your comments not being considered. Any representations you have previously made on this application to the Royal Borough of Greenwich will still be taken into account.

How to comment on the application

If you wish to make any further representations on this application email [email protected]. All representations made up until the hearing will be considered. 

Representation hearing

A public Representation Hearing is due to be held in The Chamber at City Hall on 29 January starting at 14.00, for the Mayor, Sadiq Khan to consider this application in detail and to determine whether or not planning permission should be granted.

The hearing is open to the public and you are welcome to attend if you wish. The Chamber has a capacity of 250 people and the space is fully accessible. Details of how to get to City Hall can be found here: and more detailed disabled access information is available here:

The hearing will also be available to watch on webcast.

You can download the stage 3 hearing report here

Application documents

You can view the original application documents on Greenwich's website