A hugely contested cruise liner terminal has been given the final go ahead by the Mayor of London.
The decision was made despite residents and community groups urging Boris Johnson to use his powers as mayor to call in the planning decision.
Residents in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets are concerned introducing the cruise ship dock and welcoming more cruise liners will increase pollution, noise and traffic issues.
The development at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich will bring thousands of tourists to the capital every year and up to 55 cruise ships annually.
The development - which was given the final thumbs up by Greenwich Council on Tuesday, July 21 - will also include 477 homes, a skills academy, restaurants, cafes and bars
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 Mayor’s office carried out an independent air quality consultancy through Amec, to study the impact of emissions, which it recognised would create “some moderate adverse impact on occasion”
There has also been £400,000 committed towards ‘ongoing environmental monitoring or improving air quality’ to Grenwich Council’s Air Quality Action Plan - yet it is not clear what this will entail.
A low emissions transport scheme will also be introduced with an aim to minimise construction and operational traffic.
Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and transport cllr Danny Thorpe added: “The council is committed to improving air quality in the borough, and recognises that this was an area of concern for local residents. I hope that it will be reassuring for residents to learn that the Mayor has submitted our measures to independent scrutiny and found them to be satisfactory.”