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Mayor of London approves Berkeley's 68-storey South Quay Plaza scheme

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has decided not to call in proposals by developer Berkeley Homes for an 888-home scheme at Marsh Wall in the South Quay area of London's Isle of Dogs.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets resolved to grant permission for the residential-led development in November last year. The Mayor issued a letter last week notifying the Council he would not take over the application (1-page / 33KB PDF) for his own determination. The letter followed a report by the Greater London Authority concluding that the application was acceptable in strategic planning terms. 

Under the approved scheme the South Quay Plaza site, which is currently in use as offices and retail, will be comprehensively redeveloped including the construction of two residential towers of 68 and 36 storeys. The tallest tower will reach 220 metres in height, 15 metres shorter than One Canada Square, and will be the tallest residential tower in the UK. Of the 888 homes, 188 will be affordable. 

The Council said in a statement that the scheme would be a "big part of our plans to transform the South Quay area into a thriving dockside neighbourhood".

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