Tower Hamlets Cabinet Approves South Quay Masterplan

The South Quay Masterplan has been approved by the Labour Cabinet of Tower Hamlets Council.

The Masterplan, a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), had been put on hold following the recent mayoral election. The role of the South Quay Masterplan is to supplement existing policies in the development plan, which includes the London Plan and LBTH Local Plan.

The document provides design guidance for development and a vision for the South Quay area. It supplements policies in the Local Plan including the Core Strategy (2010), Managing Development Document (2013) and Site Allocations. It will supersede the Millennium Quarter Masterplan SPD which will be revoked; however, the Millennium Quarter Public Realm Guidance Manual will continue to be used to inform development.

The Masterplan provides further guidance in addition to existing planning policies to help steer future developments within the South Quay area.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“We quite rightly put a hold on the Masterplan to see if it needed further consideration. There are strong concerns in the borough over the impact of hyper density schemes on communities and infrastructure.

“The Masterplan will not address the range of concerns about development in the area, nor will it change the main planning policies of the council and at City Hall – it will however help to set the tone on the detail and that’s why the Masterplan is important.”

Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development, said:

“The role of this SPD is to shape development permitted through the local plan which has to be consistent with the London Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.  It’s really important that everyone acknowledges the role of an SPD.

“We took a pause to think about whether or not we are connecting infrastructure development and design within the South Quay Masterplan area enough to the scale of development. 

“We need to be honest about where the influence lies in the scale of development on the Isle of Dogs and we must represent and stand up for the residents of the Isle of Dogs bringing forward decent infrastructure and decent homes for the people that need it. The South Quay Masterplan can only help shape development.”

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