Project Updates May 14, 2018

British Land submits planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan

We are pleased to share that we have submitted an outline planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan to Southwark Council which also includes a detailed planning application for the project’s first three buildings (A1, A2 and K1).

All of this follows over four years of community engagement on the Masterplan with more than 110 public consultation and local outreach events, with a total recorded attendance of over 10,000 people. We would like to thank everybody who has contributed valuable time and ideas to the discussions so far.

We have also entered into a Master Development Agreement with Southwark Council. Please find more details below, as well as information on the planning application next steps, ‘Local Communications Commitment’ and other news.

Next steps

The first step is for Southwark Council to validate the planning application (this means checking that the required information has been provided and registering the documents), assign a planning case number, make all plans and documents available online and conduct the statutory consultation.

The validation process typically takes approximately two weeks on a project of this scale due to the large number of documents. Southwark Council will then write to neighbours in the surrounding area advising that the application has been submitted and that the 30 day statutory consultation period is starting.

The statutory consultation period is the opportunity to view all the planning documents, which will be available on Southwark Council’s online planning register:. All representations on the planning application should then be directed to Southwark Council’s Planning Division via the online planning register for their consideration in their determination of the planning application.

We’re committed to maintaining local involvement in the long term and community engagement will continue through the planning application period and beyond. This will include further topic-specific discussions on key areas of interest, attending community meetings and events, community investment, construction liaison and more.

Statutory consultation and making the planning documents more accessible

In addition to Southwark Council’s statutory consultation process, we would like to ensure that the planning documents are easily available locally and help increase their accessibility for all, including for those with commitments, limited internet access or less experience of the planning process.

We intend to hold a number of planning information drop-in events at the Canada Water Masterplan Hub in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre where all the documents will be available and the team will be on hand to guide you to the information you need. Additionally, all information on the planning process and documents that form the planning application will be available on the Canada Water Masterplan website.

More information will be shared shortly with full details of these activities as soon as they are confirmed. We will also be holding dedicated drop-in sessions with the direct neighbours of the first three buildings (A1, A2 and K1).

Local Communications Commitment

As the planning application submission has drawn closer, we have experienced a significant increase in correspondence and requests for information. This increase is very much welcomed, and we’re grateful for people wishing to get involved with the project. To ensure that we are able to effectively deal with the volume of requests and also to ensure they are properly recorded, we have developed a ‘Local Communications Commitment’ that can be found on the Canada Water Masterplan website here. We are also currently updating the project Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the project website and will be in touch to let you know when these are launched.

Master Development Agreement

We have entered into a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with Southwark Council. This is an umbrella agreement which sets out the obligations and responsibilities of both parties to enable the delivery of the Masterplan. The MDA regularises the different land ownerships held by us and Southwark Council by the Council granting a new 500 year lease to us for the whole site, with the council remaining as freeholder. The Council has a 20% interest in the Masterplan site and an option to invest in individual development plots or to sell out its interest.

The former Rotherhithe Police Station change of use application

We have submitted a planning application for the change of use of the recently acquired former Police Station to business use. This will allow the active use of the building until it is redeveloped as part of the wider Canada Water Masterplan.

Investigation works

From the end of May, we will be undertaking some survey investigation works on or around the Masterplan area under a phased programme to determine ground conditions and locate the position of underground utilities. We’ll be communicating more about these works over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch please feel free to contact us on or by calling our new freephone number 0800 470 4593.

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