Fresh plans submitted for The Pier - a 151-home development along Greenhithe riverfront
PUBLISHED: 15:13 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 31 October 2017
Dartford Borough Council threw out the last application in May
Developers are persisting with plans to put a block of flats along the Greenhithe riverfront.
In May, Dartford council threw out an application to put a 16-storey tower block and neighbouring housing at Ingress Park.
Altogether the development, known as The Pier, is expected to create 151 homes, 131 one and two-bedroom apartments and 20 three and four-bedroom houses.
As well as concerns of the high-rise block becoming an eyesore, the Development Control Board did not agree with the plans’ obstruction of a Thames footpath.
Instead, a footpath would have diverted inland, away from the river through the development, before rejoining a Thamesside path.
A revised plan submitted last week has included a riverside walkway, which will include gaps between properties to create open spaces amongst the development.
Following May’s refusal, councillor Derek Hunniset, who sits on the Development Control Board, raised concerns over parking and traffic, as well as the walkway.
Under the revised plan, developers Crest Nicholson have highlighted a Fastrack bus service will be up and running once the homes are built.
But neighbours are still unsatisfied with the proposal, despite a new base for Sea Cadets remaining in the planning application.
One resident wrote: “It is not in keeping with the area and will block light for current flats previously built by Crest. They are squeezing too many properties into such a small space in an already over crowded development with parking problems.”
A Crest Nicholson spokesperson: “We were naturally disappointed by the vote to refuse our initial application in May against the advice from officers at Dartford council and all statutory consultees. The project team has listened to members’ concerns and has amended our plans to address these.
“We hope that the new plans will result in a positive decision, so that the significant benefits of this final phase of Ingress Park, including new homes and restaurant/café, can be delivered for the local area.”