Newham Mayor pours scorn on Floating Village plans

By Rob Virtue on July 23, 2014 10:53 AM |


Plans to bring a floating village to the Royal Docks have been criticised by Newham's mayor over a lack of affordable housing.

The project is being pushed forward by Boris Johnson and on Tuesday the London Mayor selected a consortium to push it forward.

Carillion-Igloo and Genesis were named as the preferred bidder and are being tasked with submitting a planning application by spring 2015.

But Sir Robin Wales said while he backed the regeneration of the Royal Docks, the current plans fail to offer sufficient affordable housing or jobs for Newham residents.

"The current plans for the Floating Village do not meet our vision or the Greater London Authority's own London Plan," he said.

"Newham Council cannot, and will not, accept a development consisting purely of luxury apartments which will be out of reach of the majority of our residents.


"I want to know where any money from the sale of the site will be used as this should rightly be spent in Newham. The GLA and Carillion Igloo Genesis need to look again at their plans and ensure that there is sufficient affordable housing provided by the scheme and a range of other amenities to serve the existing community as well as any new residents."

The first phase of the two phase project will see 50 homes.

London deputy mayor Richard Blakeway told Construction News: "The design will have a very strong connection to the dock edge, with a number of entrances and exits and it's framed around a square, so you end up with a floating street pattern, which is not dissimilar from the very familiar Georgian squares in parts of London."