Isle of Dogs and South Poplar Opportunity Area

The Mayor of London, and Transport for London are working together to prepare an Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) for the Isle of Dogs & South Poplar in consultation with Tower Hamlets Council.


Unique amongst London’s Opportunity Areas, the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar is currently experiencing intense development pressure, mainly in the form of new, very high density housing. The Isle of Dogs and South Poplar has considerable potential to grow and deliver many of the homes and jobs that London needs, but unlike some other opportunity areas, it also has established residential and commercial communities, and the views of these communities on the impacts of growth are important to take into account. Growth should benefit existing communities and this draft OAPF sets out a strategy to break down barriers and increase access to opportunities between the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar.


To make sure that housing and employment growth is well-supported by the necessary infrastructure, the draft OAPF identifies what infrastructure is needed and suggests ways to deliver this, to make sure that the Mayor’s ‘good growth’ agenda is delivered. A key aim of the OAPF will be to encourage more local employment opportunities that build on the success of Canary Wharf as a world economic centre while also delivering successful and vibrant town centres across the opportunity area. The OAPF is a design-led document which highlights where locally designated site allocations can be joined together to maximise benefits. The draft OAPF also sets out a strategy to make sure that development in the area is well-coordinated to minimise disruption and maximise benefits for local communities.


The GLA, Tower Hamlets Council and TfL have listened to the concerns of local residents while in the process of producing this draft OAPF and will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the 12 week consultation period. The aim of the draft OAPF is to provide greater certainty to the community on how they can influence development and to guide developers through the production of a coordinated planning document to manage pressures of growth and secure infrastructure delivery. The draft OAPF has a detailed Local Connections Design Guide which will also improve local and strategic connections, ensure high quality urban design for new developments and help local communities get better access to services and employment opportunities. The OAPF sets out a delivery and monitoring strategy with a number of recommendations to help manage the impacts of construction and ensure timely delivery of supporting infrastructure in the future.

Get involved in the public consultation

We have already spoken with many local people while we have been drafting this document and taken their views into account (see chapter 7 of the draft OAPF). Now we are moving into a formal public consultation phase and would welcome any further comments:

  • Join us at the Isle of Dogs New London Architecture event at Museum of London Docklands on 26 June 2018, where we will be launching the draft OAPF as well as presenting alongside Tower Hamlets and the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Forum
  • We will also be holding a series of community drop-in events in the local area on Saturday 30th June, 10am - 2pm at Crossharbour DLR. We will also be holding another event on Tuesday 3 July, 3pm - 6pm at Canary Wharf tube station (by the plaza). 
  • Making the documents available to view and comment on at your local Idea Store and online on our web page
  • Holding focus groups for detailed feedback on specific issues
  • If you are a key stakeholder or have any ideas on how to make the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar a better place to live, work and relax, please get in touch with your feedback on this draft: [email protected]

Statement of public consultation

When we have revised the final document in response to consultation feedback we’ll include a statement of public consultation which will summarise the issues you have raised and how we have revised the document to address these.

Supporting documents

The draft OAPF and relevant supporting documents can be downloaded from the London Datastore

When does the consultation end?

The consultation closes on Wednesday 1 August 2018. It began on 9 May 2018. 

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