Public meeting over 73-storey tower on Isle of Dogs

By Rob Virtue on January 29, 2014 10:55 AM |

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Plans for a two tower development at South Quay rising to 73 storeys will be up for discussion at a meeting on Monday night.

Developer Berkeley Homes is due to put in a planning application shortly for the Isle of Dogs site, just south of Canary Wharf.

The community forum, an initiative led by Tower Hamlets Council, will be the third event held by the developer and will precede a final public exhibition.

The proposal for the residential towers is on the site of South Quay Plaza. The plans also include a smaller tower at Marsh Wall.

Harry Lewis, managing director at Berkeley Homes, said: "The community forum forms part of our extensive consultation process, providing local residents with another opportunity to engage with the team regarding our proposals for the site.

"Since the previous exhibitions, we have continued to meet with local stakeholders, and worked to incorporate the feedback we have received into our proposals.

"The proposals that will be on display at the community forum will deliver a world class development on the site, with much enhanced public realm, an activated waterfront, increased pedestrian connectivity and much needed new homes."

The event will take place at Lanterns Studio Theatre in Millharbour on Monday, February 3. It will start at 6.30pm.

7 Comments

Bernard, Island Gardens said:

Good luck to all the new residents of these towers in trying to use local public services. The DLR is already full to bursting, and I've just had wait nearly three weeks for a non-urgent appointment at the local health centre. And yet the Council and developers want to overcrowd the Island even more.

Phil Swales said:

Sorry developers, the island's full. Try somehwere else!

Bernard is right on the money. Services are already overstretched and overcrowded.

JJ said:

Sounds great - get building. With the massive housing shortages we need more towers in select areas and this is a perfect spot within the cluster.

To the other comments - there's far, far more strain on resources by forcing more and more people to commute, due to massive shortages of housing in areas of London where many work.

I don't see why every proposal should try to be please all and cater for everyone for singles to large families. This would hopefully cater for singles, couples, or at most people with one child, who work in the Wharf. Large families can live elsewhere. With few children then less pressure on schools.

Easy to include health facilities within the many towers that will go up in the area.

bill said:

Go build else where! This use to be an historic island now it’s full of rude yuppies who have no time for anyone, this use to be a close net community which has been turned upside down by banks who do not invest in the surrounding areas! Invest in community halls, football pitches something that will keep the kids busy! All the housing that gets built on the island now is for rich overpaid toff's and it is pushing the original island community out as they can’t afford the prices! This needs to be sorted out ASAP before we lose all history and local people!

bill said:

Go build else where! This use to be an historic island now it’s full of rude yuppies who have no time for anyone, this use to be a close net community which has been turned upside down by banks who do not invest in the surrounding areas! Invest in community halls, football pitches something that will keep the kids busy! All the housing that gets built on the island now is for rich overpaid toff's and it is pushing the original island community out as they can’t afford the prices! This needs to be sorted out ASAP before we lose all history and local people!

JJ said:

You should be asking why Tower Hamlets aren't getting enough section 106 payments from developments as they are entitled to, and if they are why they aren't spending it?

Tower Hamlets are well known for their ineptitude and corruption. You would be better off looking there.

Go build elsewhere? It's an ideal location to build. Plus there is massive extra transport capacity coming in 2018 with crossrail.

Prices are a joke, and that needs massive reform. Still, preventing building will do nothing for that, and nor will Tower Hamlets not securing enough money to build low cost homes.

akw said:

Far too many nimbys around here. Get this built -- far too few residences in London already, we desperately need more.

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