River Gardens / Lovell's Wharf
London and Regional Properties
River Gardens is located on the Greenwich riverfront on the south-west part of the Greenwich Peninsular bordering the East Greenwich conservation area at Pelton Road, Ballast Quay, Banning Street and Christchurch Way. The development occupies the industrial site formerly known as Lovell’s Wharf and is spread across 14 blocks ranging in height from 3 to 10 storeys on a 12 acre site.
River Gardens is classed as a mixed-use development which will provide a total of 839 apartments and houses, studio workshops, retail and restaurant space, three public play spaces, four garden squares, a nursery, crèche, community centre, rowing club, medical health centre and health club. Affordable housing will account for 33% and family housing for 28% of the residential offer. A total of £8.3m for education, health and transport in developer contributions as part of section 106 planning obligations has been agreed.
Planning permission for the development was originally granted in 2007. A new application which sought to increase the heights of the blocks and the number of flats and to remove commercial space and community facilities was rejected by Greenwich Planning Board in October 2013 following an EGRA local campaign (link to history page if you click on EGRA campaign). EGRA negotiations with the developer resulted in a revised application which was approved by the Council Planning Board in April 2014. See meeting minutes here.
Download our formal response to the final application here.
The first phase of the development including the delivery of the majority affordable housing has been completed. The second phase is now under construction. We will continue to engage with London and Regional and Durkan during construction and as part of the Developers Forum.