Mayor of London approves 3,610-home Wood Wharf plans

Out-Law News | 11 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm | 1 min. read

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved Canary Wharf Group's outline plans for a major mixed-use development at the Wood Wharf site, on the eastern edge of Canary Wharf in east London. 

The proposals for the 13.6 hectare site in the north east of the Isle of Dogs include 30 new buildings providing a mix of homes, shops, offices and community uses. Up to 3,610 homes, up to 35,000 square metres of retail space and over 175,000 sq m of office space primarily aimed at the technology media and telecoms sector are planned under the scheme.

The proposed scheme also includes a health facility with nine GPs, a primary school, a leisure centre, two public parks and an "Idea Store" learning centre.

According to a statement from the mayor of London's office, affordable housing provision of at least 25% will be required, with potential for an increase to 40% depending on an affordable housing review mechanism that will be put in place. The statement also said that more than 17,000 jobs were expected to be created as a result of the scheme.

“This vast development will transform a currently derelict brownfield site beyond all comprehension into a thriving new community with thousands of new homes and jobs," said Johnson in a statement. "This is exactly the kind of scheme that we need to accommodate London’s booming population that is set to break through the nine million mark within the next decade."

The plans were referred to the mayor of London for approval after Tower Hamlets Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for the scheme in July.