Convoys Wharf public hearing

In his role of making strategic planning decisions for London, the Mayor may occasionally take over an application, therefore becoming the local planning authority. He must then hold a public hearing before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission.

In this instance, the Mayor took over the application for the redevelopment of Convoys Wharf. 

Background to the public hearing

On 17 October 2013 the Mayor received a request to become the local planning authority for the purpose of determining a planning application at the Convoys Wharf site, Lewisham. This request was made by the applicant of the planning application, pursuant to article 7 of the Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008.

On 30 October 2013, having considered a report on the case (reference D&P/0051c/02), the Mayor notified Lewisham Council that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning application (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act).

The Local Planning Authority reference assigned to the application is DC/13/83358. The GLA reference is D&P 0051c.

GLA documents

The Mayor’s Stage II report and the Mayor’s decision letter, along with other documents are available below.

Representation hearing

The Mayor attended a site visit on 24 February 2014, and a public representation hearing followed on 31 March 2014. As a result of the hearing, the Mayor decided to grant permission for the application subject to planning conditions and conclusions of a section 106 legal agreement.

The documentation associated with the representation hearing is available to download below.

You can view the transcript from the hearing here: Convoys Wharf Representation Hearing Transcript

A draft version of the Section 106 Agreement and final decision notice can be found below (final agreement and notice can be found below under final decision).

Final decision

Following the hearing GLA officers worked with the other section 106 parties (Hutchison Whampoa, Lewisham Council and Transport for London) to draft, negotiate and finalise the section 106 legal agreement.

This agreement is based on the heads of terms agreed in principle between the parties prior to the hearing and set out within the GLA Representation Hearing Report and Addendum. It’s also informed by the conclusions that the Mayor made at the hearing related to the Sayes Court Garden Project and The Lenox Project (as discussed in the Convoys Wharf Report on Community Project Obligations).

The section 106 legal agreement was concluded on 10 March 2015, and outline planning permission was granted by the Mayor of London on the same date.

The Section 106 legal agreement and final decision notice can be found below.

Details on the extension of times for conclusion of the Section 106 legal agreement can be found below.

Lenox Project Feasibility Study

In line with the Section 106 agreement, an independent feasibility study has been undertaken to identify the most feasible location for The Lenox Project at Convoys Wharf.

The feasibility study report can be downloaded below.

Lenox Feasibility Study

Planning application documents

If you wish to view the original planning application documents, please refer to the borough planning page.

On 16 December 2013 the results of an archaeological investigation at the Convoys Wharf site were published within a draft Post-Excavation Assessment Report (November 2013).

Following negotiations with GLA officers, the applicant submitted minor revisions to the application on 18 and 24 February 2014. The Mayor undertook public consultation on these revisions from 26 February - 20 March 2014.

In summary, the revisions resulted in the following changes:

  • relocation of primary school from plot 17 to be incorporated within plot 16 (with floorspace subsequently displaced from plot 16 reallocated to other masterplan plots);
  • release of plot 17 to open space (creating an uplift in public open space);
  • reduction in the building height parameters for the eastern flank of plot 1 (to provide a maximum five-storey height at the plot’s interface with adjacent public space and the Master Shipwright’s House (Grade II* Listed));
  • minor changes to the mix of affordable housing (to provide an increased provision of affordable rented units relative to intermediate units, and an increased provision of family-sized affordable rented units); and,
  • increased flexibility with respect to parameter plans for the three tallest buildings at the site (to allow for more varied high quality design permutations for these buildings in future, as part of the wider masterplan).

The revised plans are available to download here:

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