Westferry Printworks 900-home scheme concerns Isle of Dogs residents

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Fears have been raised of an Isle of Dogs' population crunch as the number of people living around Canary Wharf is likely to increase by 150% in the next decade.

And proposals by the developer of the vacant Westferry Printworks site is the latest to concern residents, who have set up a Facebook page to air their anxieties.

They say the 900-home scheme, rising to 20 storeys, as well as a host of other proposed new builds in the pipeline, will put the Island at breaking point.

Isle of Dogs resident Aaron Sequerah fears the number of people moving into the new development, combined with those attending a secondary school included in the plans and working in shops and restaurants could total 3,000.

"The people on the Isle of Dogs need to be told what's going on," he said.

"The big issue is infrastructure and whether developments like these will impact on living standards for those on the Island.

"Broadband, which many people take for granted, is OK here now after a big campaign, but what happens when 3,000 more people turn up?

"And the water and sewage systems, are they going to be upgraded? As for the roads there are only two ways off the Island. There are already many jams and there's real issues just catching a bus at peak times."

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Aaron said he went to the exhibition at Docklands Sailing And Watersports Centre earlier this month and set up the Facebook page after a lack of answers.

Northern & Shell Investments is behind the scheme, which also includes a secondary school.

"When I was asking questions about the impacts [the representatives] said they were the architects, so we need the right people to give us answers," said Aaron.

Councillor for the Canary Wharf ward Andrew Wood said he would be meeting with developers next week and would seek answers to a range of issues including the impact of reduced wind on boats in the Docklands Sailing Centre. There are also concerns over whether the number of homes would increase from a planned 900.

He said: "The proposed population increase for the Canary Wharf ward from 12,500 to 32,420 in less than 10 years is a 159% increase.

"In the last few months we have had numerous development proposals come forward. Congestion is a big issue for the Island as Westferry Road is full with vehicles. Meanwhile, the Jubilee and DLR lines are full."

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A spokesperson for London and Regional Properties acting on behalf of Northern & Shell Investments No.2 Limited said: "The proposed development for the former Westferry Printworks, in accordance with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets site allocation, is to redevelop and regenerate the existing site to provide around 900 homes including affordable and family homes, provision of a new secondary school, new public open spaces, new community space, commercial floorspace and improvements to the dockside walk.

"The development aims to provide a new community for this part of the Isle of Dogs, improving public access and activity along Millwall Dock.

"Around a quarter of the site will be built upon, with the remainder of the site consisting of open space, shared surfaces, access, and sport pitches.

"The proposed Linear Park fronting Millwall Dock comprises approximately one third of the site (this space is equivalent to c.70% of the area of the local Sir John MacDougall Gardens).

"The proposals for the former Westferry Printworks site are at an early stage and public exhibitions took place on 12th and 13th June. A further exhibition will be held later in the year outlining more detailed proposals."

For further details on the proposals for go to westferryprintworks.co.uk, email westferryprintworks@yourshout.org or call 0800 458 6976.

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