GLA set to open up nine Thames wharves to development

Wed 15th August 2012, 2:32 pm

The Greater London Authority is pushing ahead with plans to open up nine wharves on the Thames to development by removing planning restrictions.

The GLA is consulting on amendments to a document which outlines the future of its policy to protect certain strategic wharves from development.

The document contains plans to remove the restrictions on nine wharves in Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Havering and Newham, as well as for the safeguarding of one new wharf.

The document says that the current capacity of safeguarded wharves is 18.2 million tonnes of cargo each year, compared to forecasted demand of 12.5 million tonnes per year.

The sites proposed to have restrictions lifted are:

  • Mulberry Wharf, Bexley;
  • Railway Wharf, Bexley;
  • Town Wharf (formerly EMR Erith – Mayer Parry Recycling), Bexley;
  • Priors Wharf, Newham;
  • Mayer Parry Wharf (formerly EMR Canning Town), Newham;
  • Sunshine Wharf, Newham;
  • Welbeck Wharf, Barking;
  • DePass Wharf, Barking;
  • Phoenix Wharf, Havering

The new site proposed for safeguarding from development is Alexander Wharf, Newham.

The document will be reviewed in the light of comments received during the consultation, before a final new safeguarded wharves document is sent to the Government for approval by autumn 2012.

Sites for which release is confirmed will be available for redevelopment.


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