Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victorious; Greenwich Council Is Forced to Back Down on Planning Permission, Says Mira Bar-Hillel HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victorious; Greenwich Council Is Forced to Back Down on Planning Permission, Says Mira Bar-Hillel HOMES & PROPERTY

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Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL

TWO historic wharfs in Deptford have been saved from demolition, thanks to local residents who took Greenwich council to court after a councillor failed to declare an interest in a scheme to bulldoze them.

Developer Image Group, which owns the listed Borthwick Wharf and Paynes Wharf, submitted a scheme for a [pounds sterling]50 million development of 260 homes in blocks of up to 18 storeys, plus 180 parking spaces, shops, restaurants and a gallery.

The application was approved by Greenwich's planning committee in January.

But members of the local Creekside Forum residents' association discovered that councillor Maureen O'Mara, who chairs the planning committee and voted in favour of the scheme, had failed to declare that she is a trustee of the Twinkle Park recreational area, next to the development site.

The Twinkle Park Trust supported the development after Image Group proposed to pay [pounds sterling]50,000 towards improvements to the park. …

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