Earlier this month Boris Johnson published his draft ‘Further Alterations to the London Plan‘ – including a proposal to designate Canada Water as an ‘opportunity area’ for further major development.

Under current planning policy, Canada Water is deemed to be an ‘intensification area’.

The Mayor proposes to increase the house-building target for the area from 2,500 to 3,300 homes.

The proposed text of the new policy says:

Subject to retail demand Canada Water may evolve to become a major town centre in the network and the scope for a substantial increase in the minimum new homes target and employment capacity should be explored. There is also potential to develop a new science cluster linked to an academic institution (King’s College).

The Mayor of London said: “London is the greatest place in the world in which to live, work and do business.

“As the capital continues to flourish over the next few years, we will need to create over half a million new jobs and a million more people will have to be housed.

“That’s why it is crucial that we plan strategically for the future, to ensure we have a cleaner, greener, safer city that abounds opportunity, talent and economic activity.”

Public consultation continues till 10 April.

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