Cable Street

Land at Cable Street, Shadwell, E1 0DR
Vacant site along the DLR viaduct with grass and concrete hardstanding, available on a 250-year lease, subject to planning
Ideal for: 
Proposals for 100% affordable community-led housing required
Docklands Light Railway Limited
Site area: 
0.51 acres approx
Site status: 
Commercial negotiations underway


The site is on Cable Street in Shadwell, around 2.5 miles east of the City of London via Cable Street and Royal Mint Street. Shadwell DLR Station is 0.2 miles to the east of the site, and the A13 is 0.3 miles to the north.

The surrounding area is mainly residential, with shops and amenities just north of the site on Cannon Street Road. Buildings to the south of the site are between 5 to 9 storeys. Cable Street is one-way with a Cycle Superhighway route.

The site is covered in grass with areas of concrete hardstanding and a concrete path running east west. There is a line of mature trees along Cable Street. An area of DLR land to the east of the site will be retained for operational use as a DLR crane lifting point and compound. There is a metal palisade fence around the site and the retained DLR land. There is a service road along the northern boundary of the site that provides access to brick railway arches under the DLR and Network Rail lines. Birchman Close meets the site’s western boundary and provides access to the service road.

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Technical information

Site investigations: A summary report is available for download with copies of:

  • Topographical survey including buried services and ground penetrating radar
  • Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental desktop and intrusive studies
  • Unexploded Ordnance study and risk assessment
  • Tree survey preliminary report
  • Archaeology desktop review
  • Ecological assessment

Planning statement: The site is not allocated for a specific use and is not in a Conservation Area. The outer boundary of the St George in the East Conservation Area lies on the southern and eastern side of the Cable Street/Canon Street Road junction. There are no active planning applications or permissions on the site. LB Tower Hamlets have noted that the principle of residential use is likely to be acceptable, subject to compliance with the relevant policies and standards. A planning statement is included in the pack.

Download Cable Street technical information (zip 34MB)

Download Cable Street topographical survey (new 21/02/2018 zip 0.3MB)

Legal information

Report on title: The site is held freehold by Docklands Light Railway Limited and forms part of title number EGL340303. A report on title is available for download with copies of title documents,  utilities search results and CPSE replies.

Retained land: An area of DLR land to the east of the site will be retained for operational use as a DLR crane lifting point and compound. If required, a licence and associated access rights can be granted over this land for hard landscaping to improve the immediate context of the development site. Materials and designs will need to be agreed and compatible with DLR operational uses, and access will need to be maintained over an agreed route during construction.

Infrastructure protection: The site is in close proximity to DLR and Network Rail operational assets. Developers will need to ensure that proposals do not adversely impact the operational railways or the ability to maintain the viaduct and arches. Technical approvals will need to be obtained from both Network Rail and DLR as designs are progressed and for works to be undertaken.

Download Cable Street legal information (zip 37MB)

Contractual documents

The site is available on a 250 year lease, subject to a satisfactory planning permission, and demonstrating finance, as part of an agreement to lease.

Proposals are expected to be residential-led and should provide 100% affordable housing (by habitable room). All the homes built on this site are expected to be genuinely affordable as defined in section 4.13 of the London Housing Strategy. TfL will only consider disposing of the site to an entity which falls within the definition contained in section 79(1)(d) of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

The freeholder has the right to terminate the lease if the developer fails, without good reason, to reach certain milestones for planning and the start of works. The right to assign the lease is subject to freeholder approval. 

The agreement for lease, the lease and a summary note are available for download. The contracts are non-negotiable, except for any sections in square brackets, where proposals will inform details. 

Download Cable Street contracts (pdf 1MB)

How to submit your proposal

We are looking for proposals with a good financial offer, subject to planning and in line with the contracts, which bring creative ways of building 100% affordable, community-led housing.

Download the Guidance for Proposals and Submission Proforma (pdf 2MB)

  • Prepare your proposal following the guidance, including the background of your team, and your approach to delivering your proposals.
  • Email your proposal to [email protected]

Deadline for submissions: Friday 23 March 2018 at Noon

Viewings and contact information

The site can be viewed externally from Cable Street and Canon Street Road.

Formal viewings are by appointment only. If you want to arrange a viewing, or have any other queries, please contact:

Isabelle Garner
[email protected]

Isabelle Shayegan
[email protected]