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Boris backs massive residential tower in Canary Wharf

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the final go ahead for developers Berkeley Homes to build the UK’s tallest residential tower in Canary Wharf.

Despite concerns from local residents and a local councillor, planning permission was given for the 68-storey South Quay Plaza last year - subject to the mayor of London’s intervention.

Now Boris Johnson has given the green light to the development in a letter written to Tower Hamlets Council.

A Tower Hamlets spokesperson said: “We welcome that South Quay Plaza now has final approval from the mayor of London, following our committee resolving to grant permission in November.

“This will deliver new homes to our borough – 188 of which will be affordable – and will be a big part of our plans to transform the South Quay area into a thriving dockside neighbourhood.

“The South Quay Masterplan will help us to deliver this vision, ensuring existing and future communities benefit from development, and that affordable housing and infrastructure is planned for and delivered.”

It is thought the project will create the tallest purely residential tower in the UK at 220m.

It will contain 888 units – 110 of which will be affordable housing with a further 78 being shared ownership units.

Concerns were raised at planning stage about a lack of affordable housing, while the impact on the busy nearby DLR line was also questioned.

Foster + Partners are the architects with WSP carrying out the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Construction is due to begin in January 2016.

 

 

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