Allies and Morrison has cut back tower heights across its £4 billion Canada Water masterplan after objections from Historic England
The heritage body said the cluster of skyscrapers in the 3,000-home development would have a ‘profound and far-reaching’ impact on the city and would block views of landmark buildings.
In response, developer British Land has amended its application by reducing the heights of buildings across the development, including cutting back the tallest tower by 24m, from 162m to 138m.
A hybrid application for the 21ha site was submitted to Southwark Council in May, with outline proposals for 40 new buildings, including three clusters of high-rise towers and a new town centre ‘the size of Leicester Square’.
But Historic England argued the seven tall buildings would harm views of some of the capital’s most famous landmarks. The impact on Tower Bridge would be ‘particularly harmful’, the body argued, as it would block part of its silhouette in views along London Bridge.
It also said the towers would encroach on the setting of St Paul’s Cathedral in views from Greenwich Park, and on the spire of the Grade II* Church of St Mary Rotherhithe.
As well as changes to the overall masterplan, alterations have been made to some of the plots already submitted for detailed planning, including Allies and Morrison’s office and leisure building overlooking Canada Water.
The rear massing of the building, called Plot A2, has been altered after residents raised concerns about views from Hothfield Place.
The developer has also changed the brick tone and balcony designs of Morris + Company’s six-storey block, comprising 83 flats with a courtyard garden located on Roberts Close next to Russia Dock Woodland.
According British Land, a series of ecology and overshadowing studies are being undertaken to confirm that the building will not impact on the woodland nor the Alfred Salter School playground.
In March, a development agreement was signed between the local authority and British Land, which will see the local authority take a flexible 20 per cent stake in the whole development.
The deal includes a commitment to deliver 35 per cent affordable housing on the site, with 70 per cent of those at social rents. It will also give the council an option to buy the site’s social-rented homes.
Roger Madelin, Head of Canada Water Development at British Land, said: ’The Canada Water Masterplan is a unique opportunity to deliver a genuinely mixed new urban centre in a unique part of London. It’s essential that we get this right, and we are pleased to be submitting our revised plans to Southwark Council.
’This is an exciting regeneration project for which there is a lot of enthusiasm locally, but we remain committed to listening to the community and responding to concerns.
’We are proud to be submitting an updated application for a project which is just as ambitious, but better responds to feedback that has been received from the local community and others.’
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