Plans for former News International site approved

By Rob Virtue on January 10, 2014 9:51 AM |


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Councillors have given the green light for a proposal to redevelop the former News International site in Wapping and build up to 1,800 homes.

Plans for the 15 acre site, also known as London Dock, received the thumbs up at a Tower Hamlets planning meeting on Thursday night.

Work is now expected to begin on the initial phase in spring this year.

Also included in the part-detailed application is 486 affordable homes and a secondary school.

There will also be cafes, restaurants and small offices, while the historic warehouse will be "sensitively revitalised".

Developer St George, a subsidiary of Berkeley Homes, bought the site in 2012.

Ross Faragher, managing director at St George, said: "In providing high quality homes, new commercial space and land for a new secondary school all set in a beautifully landscaped site, we will create a fantastic place for a new vibrant community to thrive.

"We look forward to continue working with Tower Hamlets Council and the local community as the development progresses."

Residential buildings will be between five and 25 storeys high.

More details on the later phases are to be submitted.

For more details of the application, click here.

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