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Stalinist Granite Wharf Junked

The plans for tall buildings at Granite Wharf in the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been substantially scaled down to five blocks of ten floors each from the previous 35 floors after complaints from local residents were joined by those of councilors denouncing the glass and steel scheme designed by Squire and Partners as "Stalinist type developments circa 1960" in what is unusually emotional language to describe a modern development.

The new development now spreads out more over the current 11 acre site on Pelton Road than the previous one as the developer London and Regional attempts to maximize the count of apartments it contains as much as possible with a total of 700 in the latest plans, on the other side of the argument is the local lobbying groups who favour a maximum of a mere 520 units. The elements of office and hotel accommodation have also been changed.

Many local residents continue to oppose any development of the area feeling that modern designs are out of character of the historical area that they live in. Likewise, concerns are also raised that the increase of people living in the new development will lead to more traffic and noise although there has yet to be much of an argument made as to why this small part of the capital should not bare some of the burden of the growing population of London too.

London and Regional meanwhile will hope for more success on their twin tower plan in Vauxhall ideally placed at only 50 metres from St Georges Wharf that they are currently trying to get through the planning system that share the same architect as Granite Wharf had.

History buffs will know that Josef Stalin died in 1953 and architecture fans familiar with the Seven Sisters will be aware that the previous designs bore little resemblance to the gothic baroque towers Stalin did build in Moscow.

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