Reprieve for Greenwich Rose Garden after more than 100 people oppose plans to sell off plot

By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter

A renewed push to sell-off a small sliver of park on Greenwich Peninsula has been dumped after more than 100 residents expressed opposition to the plans, the council has announced.

Greenwich council released a short statement on Monday afternoon revealing it had back-flipped on attempts to sell the Rose Garden, a small park area in Blackwall Lane.

The Greenwich Green and Conservative parties, as well as multiple Labour members, were among those who had condemned the council’s proposal.

Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook also wrote that he objected “in the strongest terms” to the sale.

In their short statement released on Monday afternoon, the authority said it would abandon plans to sell-off the land, revealing that it had been sized up for a potential affordable housing project.

“The council first considered the disposal of the land back in July 2015 and had more recently considered it as part of a number of opportunities identified across the borough for affordable rent and/or intermediate housing development.

“In response to the consultation the council received more than 100 representations from residents opposing the disposal of the land,” the authority said.

“The decision to not proceed with this disposal comes at a time when the council is experiencing significant housing pressure, and the council will be continuing to explore what other opportunities there are in the borough to address the housing needs of its residents.”

The Greenwich Tories had planned to move a motion at Wednesday’s full meeting of council demanding “a full explanation” into why the authority was attempting to sell the land.

Mr Pennycook, the shadow minister for climate change, who had previously called on the council to ditch the proposal, tweeted it was “the right decision”.

Labour councillor for Peninsula ward, Chris Lloyd, had steadfastly opposed the move and even printed off more than 60 resident objections to submit to the council.

Following the decision, he tweeted that he was “delighted” at the news.

“I am so grateful to all the local residents and groups that have supported this cause,” he said.

Pictured top: The Greenwich Rose Garden

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