Just 8 days after the Council elections, British Land submitted its planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan – handily ensuring there was no opportunity to debate it during the election campaign.
Only three sites are set out in detail. Yet as the developer has submitted a “hybrid” planning application, British Land will not require any further planning applications provided they stay within these (very broad) outline plans.
Southwark Green Party has repeatedly raised serious concerns over the Canada Water Masterplan proposals, which have not been addressed. We are now supporting the wider community campaign opposing the planning application.
See our detailed feedback, and email response template:
Southwark Green Party view
Southwark Green Party supports sustainable development, but this plan must be opposed for the following reasons:
- Building height and density – too tall, too much
- Almost no new transport or other infrastructure
- Not socially or environmentally sustainable
- Too much leeway to change plans going forward
- Cumulative impacts not assessed – up to 15,000 new flats and 40,000 new jobs in 1.5 miles radius
- Will change the character of Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks for ever
The Canada Water West Residents Action Group presented a petition to Southwark Council setting out their concerns around the height, density, impact on existing transport links and infrastructure.
We understand that the Friends of Russia Dock Woodland, Stave Hill Ecology Park, St John's, Alfred Salter, and the Canada Water Forum have also joined forces to oppose the specific proposal for site K1 (Roberts Close).
What you can do!
The formal deadline for responses was 20-Jul-2018, but we have confirmed that ahead of the planning meeting (date TBC but likely to be in the late autumn) all responses received will be taken into account – send them to: Michael.Glasgow@southwark.gov.uk
Finally, we are leafleting the local community to raise awareness - if you'd like to help, please volunteer here: https://www.southwarkgreenparty.org.uk/getinvolved