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Convoys Wharf

When the Mayor takes over an application for his own determination he must hold a public hearing before he decides whether or not to grant planning permission.

Convoys Wharf, Prince Street, London SE8 3JH
Local Planning Authority Ref. DC/13/83358
GLA Ref. No. D&P 0051c

On 17 October 2013 the Mayor of London received a request to become the local planning authority for the purpose of determining planning application DC/13/83358 at the Convoys Wharf site, in the London Borough of 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 above-mentioned 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).

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). This report is available to download here.

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

The Mayor attended a site visit on 24 February 2014, and following a public Representation Hearing on 31 March 2014, the Mayor decided to grant permission for the application subject to planning conditions and conclusion of a section 106 legal agreement.

The Representation Hearing was held in the Chamber at City Hall on 31 March 2014. The hearing was recorded by the GLA, and a transcript is available to download below.

Following the Representation Hearing GLA officers worked with the other section 106 parties (Hutchison Whampoa, Lewisham Council and Transport for London) in order to draft, negotiate and finalise the section 106 legal agreement - based on the heads of terms agreed in principle between the parities prior to the hearing (and set out within the GLA Representation Hearing Report and Addendum), and 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 associated documentation (including GLA reports, the signed section 106 legal agreement and the signed decision notice)  are available to download below.