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Silvertown Quays regeneration green-lit

Words: Laura Edgar

Newham Council in London has granted outline planning permission for the £3.5 billion regeneration of Silvertown Quays.

The development could see up to 20,700 jobs created with 179,000 square metres of office space planned, as well as 3,000 new homes, including affordable housing, built on the 62-acre Royal Docks site in East London.

The development also includes plans for community facilities – school and health centre – and restaurants.

The Silvertown Partnership, a consortium of developers that will deliver the project, will contribute £10 million to Workplace – the council’s job brokerage scheme – under the section 106 agreement to ensure that Newham residents are able to take advantage of the jobs created.

The developers said the aim is to have the first phase complete by 2018, in time for the new Crossrail connections, with work already having begun on the Millennium Mills site with the removal of asbestos.

Following the granting of planning permission, Simon Webster, Silvertown Partnership chief executive, said: “This part of London is now destined to be a creative hub for our capital, offering a new, easily accessible location for innovative businesses, as well as housing for Londoners and amazing new brand experiences to attract visitors from the UK and abroad. It is a much-needed scheme for this part of London, creating opportunities for new employment and long-term benefits for the local economy.”

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “This multibillion-pound transformation is a fantastic opportunity to reinvigorate the Royal Docks area, giving it a new lease of life benefiting Newham and the capital as a whole.

“This scheme builds on our commitment to further enhancing the quality of life for our residents and the opportunities available to them through developing the arc of opportunity spanning the Royal Docks, Stratford and Canning Town.”

The applications will now be referred to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, before being passed onto the secretaries of state for communities and local government and transport.