Royal Docks & Beckton Riverside Opportunity Area

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The Draft London Plan (March 2016) identifies the Royal Docks & Beckton Riverside as an ‘Opportunity Area’ capable of accommodating significant further growth (Policy SD1). The Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) will be Supplementary Planning Guidance to the Draft London Plan and will give a more detailed interpretation and intent of Policy SD1 in the Draft London Plan. 

The Mayor of London, in partnership with Newham Council and Transport for London are preparing the Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside OAPF. 

What will this OAPF do?

It will:

  • set out planning, regeneration and design guidance – a framework to facilitate growth.
  • be a guide for emerging development up to 2041. 
  • provide a steer for forthcoming Local Plan policy reviews.  
  • be a material consideration in planning decisions that fall within its boundary. It does not establish new policies and must be read in the  context of the London Plan and the relevant Borough Development Plans.

What does this mean for Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside?

This area sits at the heart of the Thames Gateway presenting one of the largest regeneration opportunities in London. The aim for this area is to become a vibrant new London quarter, creating a world-class business, industrial, cultural and residential district. 
This OAPF will support the delivery of key infrastructure to the area.  It will set out how to enhance the unique qualities that make these areas of change attractive, inclusive and sustainable places to live, work and visit. 

Future development will be driven by the Good Growth policies set out in the Draft London Plan.  Future development must respond sensitively to the local context, benefit everyone who lives here, be environmentally sustainable and physically accessible. 

We want to hear from you

The OAPF process is starting with an intensive period of conversations, engagement and debate that will take place from July – October 2019 and will form the basis for the emerging OAPF. This engagement seeks to involve a broad cross section of the community to gather ideas, aspirations, challenges and opportunities.  This will ensure future strategies reflect local needs.  

Through upcoming online engagement, a programme of local events, one to one engagement and area-based workshops, we aim to identify specific local opportunities responding to 4 main themes: 

Connecting People & Places

Creating a connected place with better access to work, social amenities, green and blue spaces, services and utilities.

Local Community, Economy & Work

Retaining, increasing and diversifying jobs for local people; broadening access and opportunities 

Living, Playing, Creating

A sustainable mix of land uses, balancing retention of heavy industry with new residential, employment and cultural uses

Making Great Places

Creating attractive, successful places that acknowledge heritage and where people want to spend time in, meet and enjoy

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Next steps

This initial round of engagement will form the basis for the Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside OAPF and establish a set of priorities and criteria for testing the draft strategies and draft OAPF. The draft document will then go through a phase of public consultation in 2020 to inform final revisions and adoption of the OAPF in 2021.

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