Ongoing Engagement

Southwark Council granted planning permission for the Canada Water Masterplan in May 2020, following over four years of local consultation and engagement, which directly informed the plans. We remain just as committed to working with the local community going forward to ensure that local input continues to shape the Masterplan. This includes engagement on future Reserved Matters Applications (‘RMAs’ – more information below), as well as ensuring that local input continues to inform what we do to ensure that the Masterplan delivers social, economic and health benefits.


We will also continue to engage and meet with local stakeholders, neighbours of the site and residents as the Masterplan is built out, including attending community events and local meetings.


If you have any questions or would like to meet with us then please get in touch. Our aim is to ensure that we meet the expectations of people contacting us and that we treat everyone in the same way. Our Local Communications Commitment sets out how we respond to correspondence we receive, including timescales for response.


We are currently sharing plans for the first Reserved Matters Planning Application, as well as a standalone planning application for a new temporary Innovation Hub. Further details on each of these planning applications can be found below.


Reserved Matters Applications

The Canada Water Masterplan planning permission includes detailed permission for the first detailed plots (known as A1, A2, K1 and the Interim Petrol Filling Station –  the locations of which can be found on the map here). Now that planning permission has been granted, British Land has started the process of discharging the planning conditions and Section 106 obligations in order to enable the building of plots with detailed planning approval. This will allow work to begin on the first detailed plots. More information can be found on the Planning Application page.


The rest of the Masterplan was submitted in outline. This establishes the parameters within which future buildings and spaces can come forward, such as the maximum building height and use. Going forward we will prepare what are known as “Reserved Matters Applications” (or “RMAs”) for each of the other plots in the Masterplan, which will be submitted to Southwark Council for approval. RMAs will set out the detailed design for the remaining parts of the Masterplan site, including the proposed appearance, layout and scale of the buildings and areas coming forward. There will be further engagement on each RMA as it comes forward, and these will include key public spaces such as the new park and Canada Water Dock.

Reserved Matters Application for a new below ground electricity substation


British Land, working with UK Power Networks (UKPN), has submitted a Reserved Matters Application to deliver a new below ground electricity substation on ‘Zone L’ of the Canada Water Masterplan to Southwark Council.


The substation is being brought forward to meet the future electrical needs of the Canada Water Masterplan, the wider local area, and to reinforce electricity supply in other areas of the Borough.


The planning permission for the Canada Water Masterplan established the parameters within which Zone L can be developed, and this RMA is being brought forward in conformity with these approved parameters, seeking approval for the detailed design, proposed appearance, layout and scale of the substation.


The RMA for the substation is the first phase of development to take place on Zone L, and will be located underground, with a small structure above ground. This will then be followed at a later date by a separate Reserved Matters Application for new homes on Zone L which would be designed to work with the substation in situ. To meet the growing electricity demands of the Borough, and the manufacturing, construction and commissioning lead in timescales for the substation, it is necessary for British Land and UKPN to seek planning permission now, and in advance of the new homes planned for Zone L. We will carry out engagement on proposals for the new homes in the future.


Southwark Council is currently undertaking a 28-day period of statutory consultation on the application between 29 September and 27 October. During this time you can view the planning application documents on the council’s planning register using application reference number 20/AP/2495. On the planning register you can also submit your feedback directly to the council for consideration in their determination of the planning application.


More information can also be found in Section 7.2 of our FAQs.


We have also updated the virtual exhibition to provide the information on how to view the planning documents, get in touch with the project team, or view frequently asked questions. From the exhibition, you can also continue to view the information about the proposals that was shared with the local community in July. If you have any questions, or would like to request printed copies of the exhibition materials, please get in touch with the team.

Standalone Planning Application for a temporary Innovation Hub


British land is delighted to support the development of a temporary innovation hub that will become the new home for TEDI-London, a design-led higher education engineering provider currently based in the Printworks. TEDI-London is co-founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and is already working with local partners to feed into its local outreach and bursary offer to ensure it is accessible to students from the local area.


TEDI-London will anchor a new innovation hub, and the buildings could house expansion space for TEDI-London to grow, or other interim facilities that support the Canada Water Masterplan. The hub has been designed by internationally renowned architect Hawkins\Brown, and its modular design allows for the hub to be delivered in stages as TEDI-London’s needs change over time.


The temporary innovation hub will be located off Quebec Way next to the Printworks and is being delivered entirely separate to the May 2020 Canada Water Masterplan permission. It has been submitted as a standalone planning application.


British Land submitted a Standalone Planning Application for the Temporary Innovation Hub to Southwark Council at the end of 2020.  At the end of December 2020, Southwark Council granted planning permission for this temporary campus. The planning application documents are still available to view on the council’s planning register using the application reference number 20/AP/2482.


Initial construction work began in January. The first phase of the temporary Innovation Hub is due to be complete in time for TEDI-London to welcome its first cohort of students in summer 2021.


More information can also be found in Section 7.3 of our FAQs.