Thameside West public hearing

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

In this instance, the Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe, took over the application for the redevelopment of Thameside West. 

Background to the public hearing

On 25 January 2019 Newham advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the redevelopment proposals for Thameside West. 

On 2 December 2019, having considered a report on the case, the Mayor notified Newham that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning applications (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 authority for this case is 18/03557/OUT. The GLA reference is 4039c.

GLA documents

The Mayor's initial stage 1 and 2 reports and decision letters can be downloaded here

How to comment on the application

Hard copies of documents are not available to view, and representations by letter are discouraged, in line with Town and Country Planning (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. If you intend to make representations of objection or support in respect of the revisions to the Application and/or the other information relating to the Environmental Statement these should be sent by email to the Greater London Authority at  [email protected] by 10 July 2020.

Representation hearing

A date has not yet been set for the hearing. As soon as one has this web page will be updated with the details. In addition, anyone who has written to either Newham or the Mayor will be notified directly at least 14 days in advance of the hearing.  

Public conusltation 3 June - 10 July 2020

Subsequent to the Mayor’s direction, on 15 May 2020 the applicant submitted revisions to the Application including:
•    39% (by habitable room) affordable housing (increased from 37%) of up to 5,000 units in total, comprised of 60% London Affordable Rent and 40% London Shared Ownership; including 46% affordable housing for the detailed element, comprised of 39% London Affordable Rent and 61% London Shared Ownership;


•    For the detailed application, reduction in the height and massing of Buildings A and B (by up to 6 storeys), reduction in homes to 401 (from 460), increase to 3,608 sq.m. (GEA) of flexible employment floorspace (Use Classes B1b, B1c, B2 (restricted) and B8); increase to 230 sq.m. (GEA) of flexible retail floorspace (Use Classes A1-A4); and internal/external amendments;
•    Amendments to the phasing, landscape proposals and a reduction in the amount of car parking;
•    Reduction in the massing of Buildings C and D;
•    Increase in the maximum height of Buildings E, H, M, K, L, Q, T and U by between 0.4 and 16 metres;
•    Increasing the separation distances between some buildings.


The Applicant’s submission includes further environmental information under Regulation 25 of the EIA Regulations in relation to the Environmental Statement which has already been provided.
The amended Application will now be described as follows:


“Hybrid planning application comprising:
1. Detailed planning application for Phase 1 with works to include: The proposed demolition of existing buildings and structures, the erection of buildings, including tall buildings, comprising: 401 residential units (Use Class C3) including 195 affordable units (46% by habitable room); 3,608 sqm (GEA) of flexible employment floorspace (Use Classes B1b, B1c, B2 (restricted) and B8); 230 sqm (GEA) of flexible retail floorspace (Use Classes A1-A4); a new/altered access road from Dock Road/North Woolwich Road; new streets, open spaces, landscaping and public realm; car, motorcycle and bicycle parking spaces and servicing spaces; and other works incidental to the proposed development.
2. Outline planning application (all matters reserved) for the phased delivery of the balance of the site for the proposed demolition of existing buildings and structures; the erection of buildings, including tall buildings, comprising: a new local centre; a primary school (Use Class D1); residential units (Use Class C3); flexible employment floorspace (Use Classes B1b, B1c, B2 (restricted) and B8); flexible employment floorspace (Use Classes B1c, B2 and B8); flexible retail floorspace (Use Classes A1-A4); community and leisure floorspace (Use Classes D1 and D2); the construction of a new flood defence wall and delivery of ecological habitat adjacent to the River Thames and associated infrastructure; streets, open spaces, landscaping and public realm (including new park and SINC improvements); car, motorcycle and bicycle parking spaces and servicing spaces; utilities including energy centre and electricity substations; and other works incidental to the proposed development.”

These documents for the amended Application are available to view at:

  • Newham Council website at: here  (using ref: 18/03557/OUT).
  • GLA webiste on the link below

How to comment

Hard copies of documents are not available to view, and representations by letter are discouraged, in line with Town and Country Planning (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. If you intend to make representations of objection or support in respect of the revisions to the Application and/or the other information relating to the Environmental Statement these should be sent by email to the Greater London Authority at [email protected] by 10 July 2020.

Consultation period

The consultation period runs until 10 July 2020. The Application will not be decided before this consultation period ends. Comments received after this date, but before a decision is made, may still be taken into account; but failure to meet this deadline could result in your comments not being considered. Any representations you have previously made on this application to the London Borough of Newham will still be taken into account.

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