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Planning Applications


Written comments of objection or support should be sent to the following address quoting the relevant planning reference:

Planning & Regeneration
Southwark Council Offices
Portland Street

Otherwise contact Donald Hanciles/Adrian Dennis at London Borough of Southwark 020 7525 5000

You are urged to regularly check LBS web site for planning applications. We suggest searching under Rotherhithe Community Council as the area falls into 2 wards.


The main planning applications submitted currently apply to British Land/Canada Quays' Sites A and B and the Public Realm

Site B1

Application (07-AP-2588) for Site B1 – erection of an eight storey building comprising 63 dwellings and 396sq.m. of Class A1 (retail) and B1 (office/commercial) accommodation.

An exhibition on the proposals for the first detailed designs for Canada Water will be taking place at Seven Islands Leisure Centre from Thursday 22nd November 2007 5:30 - 8:30pm and Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th November 2007 10:00am - 4:00pm.

You may wish to comment on the application by email to or by letter to Gordon Adams, Regeneration and neighbourhoods, Chiltern, Portland Street, London SE17 2ES quoting reference 07-AP-2588.

Stategic Planning Documents for Sites A and B and the Public Realm:

The following documents are in Adobe Acrobat format and are extremely large and will take some time to download. You may view some details of the proposals by clicking here.

We suggest that you right mouse click on the links and Save Target As... This will allow you to download faster.

Sense of Place - 33Mb PDF

Design Code - 77Mb PDF

Development Framework Illustrative revised - 53Mb PDF

Development Framework Site A revised - 32Mb PDF

Development Framework Site B revised - 29Mb PDF

Landscape Design Statement - 46Mb PDF

Environmental Statement - 116Mb (an extremely large 183 page document) PDF

Landscape Plan Sites A & B - 9.2Mb PDF

Deal Porters' Plaza Detail Plan - 3.3Mb PDF

Existing Tree Removal Plan - 658Kb PDF


Original Planning Documents:

Full Planning Application: Site A submission - 13.2Mb

Full Planning Application: Site B Submission - 9.88Mb

Urban Strategies' Design Code for Sites A & B - 183Mb (an extremely large 80page document)

Urban Strategies' Development Framework for Site A - 13.2Mb

Urban Strategies' Development Framework for Site B - 9.88Mb

Urban Strategies' Illustrative Supporting Information - 33.9Mb

Arup Environmental Statement - Vol 2 - Transport Assessment 22Mb

Arup Environmental Statement - Vol 2 - Transport Assessment (Appendices A - I) 5.3Mb

Arup Environmental Statement - Vol 2 - Transport Assessment (Appendices J - L) 2.9Mb

EDCO Design Limited Public Realm Statement 28.4Mb

EDCO Design Limited Public Realm Drawings 14.4Mb




SITE C (Decathlon)

LBS rejected the application from Decathlon (03-AP-1813) to join their two buildings with a two-storey construction with plant on the roof on 16 October. However, Decathlon have appealed against this decision (click here to view) and you may wish to comment on the application which would close the public piazza / popular pedestrian route at night moving all pedestrian traffic via the ill lit alternative near BHS.

Please take a look at the planning application put forward for this site 03-AP-1813 (click here to view)

Applicant has appealed the refusal..


SITE E (Conrad Phoenix - Home Depot)

Application (03-AP-0637) for Site E – for 320 flats contained in three 9-12 storey blocks with community facilities on the ground floor. Refused 7th June 2004 on grounds of noise and proximity to Harmsworth Quays, density, dwelling mix and overdevelopment.

03-AP-2071 (duplicate 03-AP-0637) Appealed on grounds of non-determination.

Appeal concluded. Secretary of State decision before August 4th, 2005.




Application granted for 2 storey leisure club near UCI cinema and re arrangement of car park.



Shopping Centres Ltd and Tesco are now in negotiations with British Land & Canada Quays.

The Shopping Centres Ltd. planning application (02-AP-1756), for an extension to the Tesco store and the rerouting of the footpath to Greenland Dock, was refused by Southwark Council for the following reasons:

1. The proposed extension would result in a poor layout and arrangement that would be detrimental to the safety and security of pedestrians using the walkway between the shopping centre and Greenland Dock, contrary to Policy E.1.1 ‘Safety and Security in the Environment’ in the Southwark Unitary Development Plan and Policy 3.16 ‘Safety in Design’ in the draft Southwark Plan (Nov. 2002).

2. The proposal would result in the loss of a well designed public area, and its replacement by a poor quality design for this part of the shopping centre, in particular the public areas, contrary to Policies E.2.5 ‘External Space’; E.3.1 ‘Protecting Amenity’; and E.3.4 ‘Upgrading the Environment’ of the Southwark Unitary Development Plan, and Policies 3.2 ‘Protection of Amenity’; 3.14 ‘Quality in Design’; and 3.15 ‘Urban Design’ in the draft Southwark Plan (Nov. 2002).

Recently Shopping Centres Ltd have addressed the points made by the community and Canada Water Campaign and met with the Chair and members of the CWC to present new plans which are shown here:

Download plan The extension is shown in turquoise and the road has been re-routed. The car park nearest the red iron bridge has been removed allowing for a wider footpath to the Greenland Dock underpass.

Download image

These plans seem to address all the points made by CWC and permission was granted at Rotherhithe Community Council on 26th July.




04-AP-1721 submitted by Barratt - 281 dwellings in 8,  4-9 storey blocks. 131 1 bed, 134 2 bed flats plus a community centre and new health centre. Barratt are currently in the process of reviewing the application because of the number of objections.

DOWNTOWN  04-AP-1721 (Revised)

Application for 268 dwellings in 8,  4-6 storey blocks. 126 1 bed, 119 2 B, 6 4B & 5 5B flats plus a community centre and new health centre. Overdevelopment and health implications of undercroft car park near health centre and school a cause for concern.  

Contact Downtown Defence Campaign at



(Salter Road – adjacent to Mellish Fields)

We understand an application has been made for a new stand and facilities plus a 2 block residential  scheme, 100 units with covered, ground level parking and retail along Salter Road. Building heights are 5 storeys at the highest point. External finish and viability of retail in that location a cause for community debate.  




Permission granted for sports complex as no objections. Work to commence soon.




On hold until Mellish and Canada Water master plan agreed.



QUEBEC WAY (Ampurius- currently Boots & European Bakery)

We understand Mr Jassby / Paul Dimoldenberg are making representations at UDP enquiry in support of their high rise, high density ideas. Details


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