What’s the story?

En­derby Wharf

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What’s the story?

Green­wich Coun­cil ap­proved plan­ning per­mis­sion for a cruise liner ter­mi­nal at En­derby Wharf, on the op­po­site bank to the Isle of Dogs, in July 2015.

Why is it back in the news?

The High Court has agreed to a ju­di­cial re­view of the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing a cam­paign by res­i­dents and air qual­ity cam­paign­ers.

What was the ar­gu­ment?

Pro­test­ers ar­gued in front of Mr Jus­tice Dove that the Green­wich plan­ning board had failed to take into ac­count the cu­mu­la­tive im­pact of all the air emis­sions from the de­vel­op­ment. There has been con­cern that “hotelling” ships moored at the ter­mi­nal cre­ate the same pol­lu­tion as 688 idling lor­ries.

Is there an al­ter­na­tive?

Apart from re­ject­ing the scheme in its en­tirety, the al­ter­na­tive was to have an on-shore power unit, an idea sup­ported by all the ma­jor can­di­dates in the forth­com­ing Lon­don may­oral elec­tion.

What’s the prob­lem then?

Some ships are not con­fig­ured to ac­cept power in this way.

What is a ju­di­cial re­view?

A ju­di­cial re­view ex­am­ines the process of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to en­sure it was law­ful. In other words, it re­views how the de­ci­sion was made rather than the rights and wrongs of the de­bate. It is not an ap­peal as such, al­though it has power to strike down the de­ci­sion.

What are cam­paign­ers say­ing?

Dan Hayes of the East Green­wich Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion said: “The court’s de­ci­sion pro­vides the hope that Lon­don­ers will be pro­tected from pol­lut­ing ef­fects of this poorly ex­e­cuted scheme.”

What does the coun­cil say?

“The coun­cil is dis­ap­pointed at the de­ci­sion, which will cre­ate de­lays to the project and de­lays to the ben­e­fits that it of­fers both for Green­wich and the cap­i­tal, through new homes, jobs, re­tail space, im­proved pub­lic realm and a new skills cen­tre.”

A CGI of the cruise liner ter­mi­nal

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