Two Approvals in One Night at Tower Hamlets Committee Meeting

We had significant success in one night at Tower Hamlets’ Strategic Development Committee meeting. The Committee resolved to grant planning permission for two major developments located within different parts of the borough. The Highway Site co-locates housing and industrial space and Skylines is a huge mixed-use development of over 579 residential units

The Highway Site will deliver 264 residential units with office and industrial floorspace

The first application for Workspace Group and Canada Life Investments proposes a transformation of The Highway Business Park and The Highway Trading Centre in Limehouse. The approved scheme which is designed by Squire and Partners will provide 264 new apartments, office and industrial space, new routes and courtyard spaces. There was great discussion by the Committee over the daylight/sunlight impacts associated with the development, but Councillors were satisfied and approved the application unanimously.

The Skylines scheme comprises 579 new homes, employment floorspace and a new primary school

The second application proposes the redevelopment of the Skylines Village site on Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf. Designed by Farrells, the scheme provides a total of 579 residential units, a new business centre and a new two-form entry primary school. A new landmark tower of 49 storeys is located on the corner of Marsh Wall and Limeharbour. Several tenants, one resident and two Councillors spoke against the Skylines proposals. However, after a lengthy debate the Committee Members were on balance persuaded to support the scheme with four in favour and two against.

Both schemes will play a hugely important role in delivering new housing, business space and social infrastructure within Tower Hamlets. For further information please contact Jon Roshier or Phil Dunphy.