Transport for London has postponed plans to build extra trains to add to the Jubilee line fleet which would have enabled more frequent trains to and from Canada Water.
Plans to boost tube capacity are vital to plans by British Land and Southwark Council to build hundreds of new homes, shops and offices at Canada Water.
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This major delay is extremely disappointing for us, and for residents, who share our view that the Jubileel line upgrade is central to our plans for positive improvements to the Canada Water area.
“We need these additional trains to meet current and future demand and for residents to easily connect with the rest of London.
“We will be writing to the Mayor of London to outline our concerns and urge consideration for funding to be assigned to this vital upgrade.”
The latest plans for the redevelopment of the former biscuit factory and college sites in Bermondsey have been revealed by Grosvenor, nearly four years after the Duke of Westminster’s company first became a local landowner.
Grosvenor says that its £500 million plan, designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, incorporates a permanent home for Compass School Southwark, over 10,000m2 of new office space and 10,000m2 of retail, culture, leisure, community and food and drink uses; alongside 25,000m2 of new and improved streetscapes and playspace, 140 new planted trees and 400m2 of new public lawns.
“We are sharing today our detailed ambitions to create one of the capital’s greatest, mixed
neighbourhoods hosting 1,350 new rental homes for locals and Londoners,” said Katherine Rodgers, development firector of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
“We want to see a growing district that is inclusive and physically integrated, with historic buildings retained and new commercial spaces, local amenities and public spaces created.
“We have spent four years getting to know Bermondsey, its people and its communities
and want to help knit together the best of Bermondsey with an investment and long-term
legacy that generates local opportunities and can respond to changing demand.”
The proposals are on show for the next three days and a planning application will be submitted to Southwark Council later this month.
Southwark Council’s deal with British Land for the redevelopment of Canada Water (including Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Harmsworth Quays and the leisure park) was on the agenda at the borough’s cabinet meeting yesterday. Hear the item in full below:
Read the cabinet papers here.
Two planning applications have been submitted relating to the former Old Justice pub (latterly the Winnicott) on Bermondsey Wall East:
The applicant has submitted a viability assessment claiming that the pub is no longer viable due to the rise of social media and a lack of passing trade, despite the venue’s position on the Thames Path.
A planning application has been submitted to Southwark Council for the former Prince of Wales pub in Plough Way – latterly a bookmakers – to become a Pizza Hut takeaway.
Details on the Southwark planning database at 16/AP/3466.
Poundland has submitted a planning application to Southwark Council which effectively confirms that the chain will replace the Co-operative Food store at the Blue.
Watch Cllr Anood Al-Samerai (Southwark Lib Dem leader) question Cllr Peter John (Labour leader of the council) about the impact of tall buildings at Canada Water and elsewhere in the borough.
The video is from the Council Assembly meeting on 16 March.
Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has published his manifesto – and it includes a pledge to support a bridge across the Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
Mr Khan says he will “work to break down some of the city’s physical barriers, such as by backing the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycle and pedestrian bridge”.
At last week’s Council Assembly, Southwark’s councillors of all parties unanimously endorsed the revised Canada Water Area Action Plan (CWAAP).
Listen to the speeches from Cllr Mark Williams, Cllr Lisa Rajan, Cllr Stephanie Cryan and Cllr David Hubber:
Plans to redevelop the Mayflower Community Hall in Neptune Street were discussed at Southwark’s overview & scrutiny committee on Monday night.
Members of the Mayflower Estate Tenants’ & Residents’ Association are furious that they learned on Twitter of plans to knock down their hall as part of a new housing development.
Cllr Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for housing management, apologised to the TRA for the breakdown in communication.
Watch the full exchange on video: