Greenwich Market plans approved

Greenwich Hospital has secured planning permission to redevelop Greenwich Market, with a new boutique hotel surrounding the market itself.

The decision means that the banana warehouse and stables on Durnford Street will be lost, but local campaigners who opposed the plans are taking some comfort from the fact that they won some concessions from the developers, who will now retain the original cobbled floor and roof.

A new crescent street will be created leading from Durnford Street to the market which the inspector describes as as “imaginative and acceptable additional chapter in the market area’s evolution” that would provide “variety and interest”.

The redevelopment of the market, which has been strongly supported by the Greenwich Society and local MP, Nick Raynsford, will not begin until January 2013 at the earliest and traders will move to a new temporary market at Monument Gardens whilst the redevelopment is undertaken.

With thanks to Michael.