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.

An artist's impression of the London City Cruise Terminal planned for Enderby Wharf in Greenwich

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.”