An update on Convoy’s Wharf, Deptford, is that The World Monuments Fund has placed the site on its Heritage at Risk ‘Watch List’.
Jonathan Foyle, chief executive of the World Monuments Fund Britain has recently said “Deptford’s most imminent threat comes from the failure of existing proposals to fully acknowledge and respect the heritage assets that the site has to offer.”
“Incorporating the extensive archaeology and combining this with unique public spaces has the potential to strengthen Deptford’s local identity while securing this lost piece of the Thames jigsaw. It would also improve awareness of the little-known existence and overlooked history of the dockyard and gardens on a national stage.”
With this sort of comment from an organization of this status and stature, it is difficult to see how the London Borough of Lewisham can justify granting planning consent for the current proposals.
As the development on this site will last for over 100 years, it is more important to get the right scheme for the wider area than to focus on short-term expedience due to the current economic situation.