Redevelopment around King Henry’s Wharf

P1060996UPDATE: I have been sending residents’ concerns about the draft Construction Management Plan to the Planning Department and requesting that they are sent on to the developer so that they can be taken into account in any final CMP rather than afterwards. The Planning Department replied:

Dear Councillor, 

Thank you for the comments. I have not heard anything from the site owners / agent to suggest that the scheme is coming forward in the immediate future. However, I'll send the comments through to our contact who was involved with project at the planning stage. If they are retained by the future Developer they will hopefully be able to take them on board at an early stage. Otherwise we may just have to wait until the Developer establishes contact with us when they are ready to move the project forward, and get them to look again at the issues then.

Kind regards, Richard

So there is no construction work imminent but I shall certainly be keeping an eye on the issue so that we can be ready when they eventually get themselves into gear.


ORIGINAL ARTICLE For those residents who are not aware, King Henry’s and Phoenix Wharves on Wapping High Street are to be redeveloped, as is the bit of scrub near to the Captain Kidd alongside Bridewell Place. (See little map I made).

To read more about the development, check out ‘What’s in Wapping’ which has an excellent summary of what’s happening.

http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk/public-exhibition-redevelopment-of-king-henrys-swan-and-phoenix-wharves-07032013/

The development has permission which means that attention is now on the logistics of construction. I have been in touch with residents about some of the concerns they have over how construction traffic is going to be managed and what impact this will have on things like our vital local 100 bus route into the City.

Wharf redevThe Construction Management Plan (CMP) has not yet been finalised but I am feeding in residents’ concerns so that they are addressed as the plan is drafted. I paste below the email I sent Tower Hamlets’ planning team as well as their reply.


 

Dear Team,

As you may know, there are four sites about to be redeveloped which straddle Wapping High Street. King Henry’s and Phoenix wharves will be converted to housing, while two currently-empty adjacent sites will have new builds on them. 

Residents in the immediate vicinity are very concerned about Tower Hamlets’ will to enforce any restrictions in the construction management plan, and the likely consequences of those restrictions not being enforced. 

I should appreciate if you could ask the relevant TH team for the following:

 – A copy of the construction management plan, including the restrictions that have been outlined, as soon as it is available.

- Whether local councillors will be able to influence that plan. 

- Reassurances that if construction begins without that plan being produced, enforcement action will be taken.

- Information on whether the 100 bus is likely to be diverted at any point during the construction period and if so, what the diversion route will be. Has TfL been consulted at all on this development?

- Pavement access during the period of construction, particularly for those with mobility issues.

 – The details of the developers and the relevant TH officer should restrictions be breached.

Kind regards,

Councillor Julia Dockerill, St Katharine’s & Wapping Ward


 

Dear Councillor Dockerill,

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 (as amended)

RE: PA/13/00982 King Henrys Wharf Construction Management

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the above mentioned site.

I can reassure you that Officers are aware of the concerns that residents have in relation to the construction of this development. These issues were raised during the course of the consultation during the planning application, and when the scheme was debated at Development Committee. At the time of the application Officers’ undertook to require the Developer to look into options that would reduce the need to obstruct footways or divert the 100 bus to a minimum.

The scheme was accompanied by a draft Construction Management Plan which started to set out how the construction process could be controlled to minimise impacts on pedestrian and vehicle movement. As is usual in these types of cases, Officers did not approve this draft document, but instead added a condition to the permission requiring the submission of an updated plan prior to the commencement of any works on site. This allows the Authority additional time to scrutinise this document, and ensure that construction impacts are reduced as far as possible.

To date the developer for the scheme has not brought forward an application to discharge this condition. The permission is valid for 3 years, and I’m not aware of the developers intended timetable for bringing forward the scheme. The developer cannot start works onsite until we have approved this document.

In answer to the specific points in your email I offer the following responses:-

Provide a copy of the construction management plan, including the restrictions that have been outlined, as soon as it is available.
– I have attached a copy of the draft construction management plan. As I have said above, this is only draft and will be subject to further review when the Developer submits their final version. The amended version will need to set out if the scheme requires any diversion of the bus route.

 

Whether local councillors will be able to influence that plan.

- Once we have received a plan from the developer we will consult with local councillors and local residents. We will take any comments received into account before a decision is made on the proposals.

Reassurances that if construction begins without that plan being produced, enforcement action will be taken.

-I can confirm that if construction works start before the Construction Management Plan is discharged the developer would be in breach of this condition. The Council will take enforcement action where expedient to do so.

Information on whether the 100 bus is likely to be diverted at any point during the construction period and if so, what the diversion route will be. Has TfL been consulted at all on this development?

- The draft Construction Management Plan does not deal with the issue of whether the bus route will need to be diverted. I would expect to see further analysis of this in the final submission.

- Transport for London were consulted on the application, but did not make any specific comment in relation to the bus route.

Pavement access during the period of construction, particularly for those with mobility issues.

- The draft CMP indicates that the intention is to ensure that 1.5m width pavements are maintained through the construction process, though it will be necessary to cross then re-cross the road to make your way pass the site.

Again, the detail of this will need to be developed through the finalised CMP.

 The details of the developers and the relevant TH officer should restrictions be breached.
– The developer who brought forward the planning application are ‘Bridwell Limited’. They indicated that correspondence should be directed to their planning agents ‘Cunnane Town Planning’.

If you have any further questions regarding the above please contact the officer named at the top of this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Applications Team Leader


I sent the two documents to the constituent and I paste below our further correspondence on the issue. As you will see, we both have some thoughts on the draft CMP and I wanted to ensure the planning department has them should it prove useful to feed those views to the developer in advance of their lodging the final construction plan and schedule. They relate primarily to hours of construction and diversions, the diversion route for the 100 bus and the need to criss-cross the street to get to the pavement. These are all issues that we are likely to raise again if they are not addressed in the final CMP. The 100 bus is likely to be my own biggest concern as it is the thing which will most affect other residents so I'm keen to see TfL closely involved in pre-construction discussions to ensure the service is maintained.

Kindest regards,


Cllr Julia Dockerill 


*Here's the link to the Draft Construction Management Plan - draft cmp
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