Property development company St. George have been forced into re-thinking the development plans for the London Dock site by a possible requirement for a new Wapping secondary school on the site.
The requirement for the school may also mean that the development of the old News International site may now include higher buildings packed more densely.
Another secondary school for Wapping?
You have probably heard about that new school in Shadwell which for some crazy reason has the ‘Wapping’ word in it? Well apparently there might be another new Wapping secondary school which will actually be in Wapping!
You wait ages for one school to come along then two arrive at once
How wild and crazy is that? A Wapping school in Wapping? Whatever next?
But another new school does not come along without a catch.
A very big catch. Possible quite a few storeys high.
Long story short, it seems that as a preliminary step before the possible development of the old News International site by St. George , aka London Dock, the proposal has to be considered within various development plans for our beloved borough of Tower Hamlets.
And one of the outcomes of this is that the Powers That Be think the London Dock development site might be a good place for a Wapping secondary school!
Titter ye not
Now obviously at this point you may want to burst out laughing at the thought of the poor St. George people’s nice models and profit and loss projections being absolutely stuffed by the need to accomodate a school, but this would be very rude.
So don’t laugh! No! No! Titter ye not!
According to the report there is ‘overwhelming demand for school places in the borough which is the fastest growing in the country’ and makes it clear that schools come before anything else.
Which seems cool to me.
Higher buildings packed in more densely?
In a press release St. George said that ‘the contents of this long awaited report have fundamental implications for the development proposals’ and they are postponing the meet they were going to have with our Community Liaison Group on the 17th of January.
The release also states that: ‘the Inspector recognises the significant impact it [ the school recommendation] will have on the development viability of the site and has noted that development density and height might have to be higher than envisaged.’
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Not laughing anymore are we?
So what this might mean is that Wapping gets a secondary school but at the price of the London Dock development being more high rise and more dense than any of those nice models we have seen.
External links (warning – Tower Hamlets site may generate jargon when read)
You can read the full report on the Tower Hamlets planning website here. But be warned, it is almost incomprehensible due to the use of jargon. And where is Fish Island?