Some clarification regarding the position of St. George regarding the London Dock development and the secondary school issue. Essentially as a result of the Inspectors report Tower Hamlets are having a think so St. George are too.
One thing that is highlighted is that “the Inspector has highlighted that this [the secondary school] will be in place of other planning obligations such as affordable housing”.
So we might get another school but we won’t get more affordable housing.
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It was our intention to present our latest proposals for London Dock in early 2013. However, the recently published Independent Inspector’s report on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Development Management Plan has some fundamental implications for the development proposals for London Dock. In short, the site has been identified for a secondary school.
In light of the impact this will have on viability the Inspector has highlighted that this will be in place of other planning obligations such as affordable housing. The Inspector has also noted that to ensure the development is viable the height and density is likely to be greater than originally envisaged.
While Tower Hamlets consider their response to the Inspector’s recommendations, it is appropriate that St George takes stock and reviews the options in light of this and following further discussions with the Council.
We will keep you informed about progress and the next series of consultation events.
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