Boris backs London cruise terminal
3 September 2015, Blog
On 1st September Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave his backing to a mixed use redevelopment at Enderby Wharf which includes a commercial cruise ship terminal.
Plans for the 2,000sq m terminal, over 400 homes, restaurants, cafes and bars were given consent by the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Planning Board last month despite concerns from local residents both sides of the Thames over air and noise pollution.
London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, currently the Liberal Democrat’s only candidate for the London Mayoral Election, wrote last month to Boris Johnson; “I remain concerned about the impact on short-term nitrogen dioxide (NO2) particularly in light of the growing residential population in and around the Greenwich Peninsula … I would ask you to re-assess the feasibility of using shore power to supply vessels with electrical power at Enderby Wharf to reduce emissions at source.”
The Mayor’s office conducted an independent air quality consultancy through Amec, which recognised there would be “some moderate adverse impact on occasion.” London’s deputy mayor for planning, Sir Edward Lister, said: “We have worked with the local authority and the developer to ensure the new terminal and surrounding infrastructure will meet the needs of thousands of tourists coming to the city each year.”
The terminal is expected to accommodate up to 55 cruise ships a year for vessels up to 230m and with a capacity of 1,600. The terminal is expected to be operational by 2017.