Greenwich was given the green light for a passenger cruise liner terminal, expected to boost tourism in the Royal Borough.
The Enderby Wharf development will also include the building of 1,154 new homes. It is expected to be up by 2017 after revised plans were approved by the Mayor of London and Greenwich Council.
Councillor Danny Thorpe, cabinet member for transport and regeneration, said that was a very important step, not just for Greenwich, but for the UK capital. Greenwich’s riverfront already ensured that the Royal Borough received millions of visits each year, supporting 16,000 jobs and contributing £1.1 billion to local economy. The landmark cruise liner development would bring thousands more visitors and provide a boost to tourism.
Thorpe added that the council was committed to improving borough's air quality, and recognised that was an area of concern for locals.
The deputy mayor for planning, Sir Edward Lister, shared that they had worked with the developer and the local authority to ensure the new terminal would meet the needs of thousands of vacationers coming to the city. He said it would further contribute to the status of London as a world leading city.
In July 2015, Greenwich Society claimed that the proposal could be devastating for Greenwich area and called for an environmental impact assessment.