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Canary Wharf objects to Allies and Morrison’s Canada Water scheme

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The Canary Wharf Group has lodged an objection against proposals for a major neighbouring docklands scheme because of ‘significant inadequacies’ in its transport provision 

The landlord of the Isle of Dogs financial centre has written to Southwark Council to raise its concerns over British Land’s plans for the 21ha site over the river in Canada Water.

The developer wants to build 3,000 homes in a development that includes 40 new buildings with three clusters of high-rise towers and a new town centre ‘the size of Leicester Square’ in a major scheme masterplanned by Allies and Morrison.

But Canary Wharf’s landlords said that despite the scale of the development, no ‘transport improvements’ had been identified and the crowding impact on the Jubilee Line had been ‘significantly underreported’.

The masterplan application had not properly assessed the impact of the development on the surrounding transport network, according to a note prepared by consultant Steer.

It suggests that the Bakerloo line extension – currently planned to head to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross – should be diverted to Canada Water and Canary Wharf.

‘In considering the Canada Water Masterplan proposals we would like to remind you of our previous proposal to extend the Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle to Charlton via Surrey Quays and Canary Wharf.’ wrote Canary Wharf Group’s Jason Larkin in his letter to Southwark Council planners.

‘This scheme would provide significantly improved public transport capacity to the area around Canada Water and on the Isle of Dogs, and would help the development aspirations of both the London Borough of Southwark and London Borough of Tower Hamlets.’

Concerns about British Land’s scheme have also been raised by Historic England, which said its cluster of skyscrapers would have a ‘profound and far-reaching’ impact on London’s skyline.

But a joint statement, issued by Canada Water from British Land and Canary Wharf Group played down the objection, arguing it was ‘not unusual’ for developers to submit objections to neighbouring schemes which often relate to ‘wider issues’. 

‘This is very much the case with CWG’s approach to the Canada Water Masterplan, where the objections focus predominantly around transport infrastructure for an ever-growing east London where there is much demand for more jobs and homes.

‘Both parties have been engaged in ongoing discussions, which are continuing (and involve in some cases Transport for London). In addition, the transport consultants for the respective parties are reviewing assumptions in the modelling for Canada Water and the Jubilee Line.

‘It is anticipated that a number of issues will be resolved over the coming weeks as those discussions continue.’

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Such a basic issue of land use / transport planning is presumably not settled by deal-making between heavyweight developers (even with the advice of their undoubtedly professional transport consultants) or left to local authorities to determine, and can TfL be absolutely relied upon for sound advice after their performance in the Garden Bridge saga?

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  • What if the Overground from Clapham Junction (and Clapham High Street/Clapham North, Peckham etc) were extended from Surrey Quays to Canary Wharf and Canning Town? If this continued to Barking it might provide more journey choices than the East London Riverside Route www.railfuture.org.uk/display1545

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