Boris puts hold on London Buildings
Posted on: 14/10/2014

The South Quay area within London is currently in a massive period of development, with the majority being planned for the next 10 years. However development plans are currently postponed due to the area being split into nearly thirty different sites, all with separate ownership and contrasting development proposals.


These difficulties have been recognised by Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, who has voiced concern that, due to lack of collaboration between developers, ‘too many tall buildings have been proposed’. Whilst the Mayor recognises that when tall buildings are well designed and carefully considered they can offer a sensible conclusion to London’s housing need, he fears that in this case due to the different parties involved in the South Quay development that they could have a ‘detrimental impact’ on London’s skyline and the public realm.


As a result, the Mayor has begun working alongside the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in a project called the South Quay Masterplan, which will be a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to guide the ongoing development. All proposals concerning this area will now be considered over a six week consultation between September 15th and October 20th 2014, encouraging members of the local community and other interested parties to get involved to voice their views, influence proposals and understand the need for this masterplan. One building which will receive strong consideration is the proposed Quay House, which has already experienced criticism from the Green Council and the Greater London Assembly, due to its substantial height.


Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning stressed the importance of this masterplan by stating; "While we want to see the comprehensive regeneration of the area, what we cannot allow is a situation where planning is granted on a first-come-first-served basis with no overall strategy, as this could eat up valuable space, have a negative impact on the public realm and potentially cause other schemes to collapse."

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