A 56-storey tower on South Quay has been rejected by Tower Hamlets planners.

The decision to reject Berkeley Homes’ South Quay Plaza Four was the first notable success of the newly-configured Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum which was a “statutory consultee” for the first time.

The tower, part of the wider South Quay Plaza development would have offered 396 flats in a 56-storey tower, double the recommended density.

The Neighbourhood Planning Forum, the largest in the country, said: “In the last few years, Tower Hamlets and the GLA have repeatedly approved closely packed and even denser towers on the Island, with apparently scant regard to the infrastructure and services needed to support the thousands of new residents they will bring to the area.

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“There’s already insufficient school provision, child play space, doctors and dentists surgeries, water supply, sewers, parking, road space and public transport for the existing 40,000 people on the Island, let alone for the additional 60,000 predicted to arrive in the next decade due to the unprecedented amount of development.”

Chairman of the forum Richard Horwood also asked about the prospects of a new bridge over South Quay and was told that a planning application was due soon for a second bridge which could also include enhancements to the existing link near Heron Quays.

Mr Horwood told the committee: “Developers making funding commitments towards infrastructure to support their developments isn’t enough, as that doesn’t mean the extra infrastructure will in practice be provided.

“Approving yet another huge development on the assumption that critical infrastructure will somehow be sorted out on a wing and a prayer is just not good enough.”

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