This week Southwark’s cabinet approved the latest version of the planning policy document for Canada Water, revised to take into account the pending redevelopment of Harmsworth Quays.

Once approved by council assembly the document will be subject to an examination in public before it is formally adopted.<

“The principal reason for the revisions to the Area Action Plan is the relocation of the Daily Mail Group print works from Harmsworth Quays, making a very substantial area of land available for redevelopment,” said Cllr Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration.

“Our vision is to prioritise non-residential uses on the site, in particular education uses including the opportunity for a new campus for King’s College London. This vision was strongly supported in the consultation on the proposals.

“Southwark Council owns the freehold of the Harmsworth Quays site and so, alongside the changes to the AAP, officers in the regeneration team are working closely with King’s College and British Land (who have acquired the Daily Mail Group’s lease on the site).

“We hope to come back to cabinet within the next few months to agree a process for developing a masterplan for the area which meets the vision as set out in the AAP revisions.”

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