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LDA holds Royal Docks eco-town talks

The London Development Agency (LDA) is understood to be in talks with Newham Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) about multi-billion-pound plans to turn the Royal Docks into a huge, waterside eco-town

The development agency is in negotiations with developer Ballymore Properties and will be producing a masterplan for the area aimed at housing up to 30,000 people in a mixed-use sustainable development.

The recent demise of plans to develop Silvertown Quays (AJ 28.09.09) has given the LDA the opportunity to make a comprehensive scheme for the regeneration of the area, long tipped to be one of London’s hottest redevelopment plots.

The news signifies a potential goldmine for architects and the construction industry, which will be brought into the action once detailed design work for the zero-carbon development around the Royal Albert Dock and a proposed sustainable power source – potentially housed in the abandoned Tate & Lyle warehouse – on the Thames waterfront begin.

A spokesperson for the LDA played down the rumours but said: ‘The masterplanning work with Newham is in its early stage… but Royals is part of our wider Green Enterprise District proposal.’

Elsewhere, developer Capco is working with Benoy and Canadian firm Urban Strategies on a huge scheme to build 8,000 homes in a mixed-use development on the 28ha site of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre.

The land is held by just three parties – Capco, TfL and Hammersemith & Fulham Council – offering an ‘extraordinary’ and ‘fantastic opportunity’ according to a spokesperson for the developer, who expects to submit a planning application in the next 12 months.

‘We hope it can be a model development creating a place through beautifully designed buildings and that sort of thing needs architects, currently Benoy is on the project but all these things grow and new professionals may need to be added,’ said the spokesperson, adding: ‘But things are at a very early stage’.

Postscript

A spokesperson for Newham Council said: ‘At present there has not been an application submitted for the Albert Basin site. The council is widely supportive of carbon free development although assesses all application on their individual merit.’

 

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