Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star is developing the site where he used to print his newspapers in Westferry, south Isle of Dogs. He will provide 772 homes to form a ‘new town’, writes The Evening Standard.
The development won planning consent in August 2016 after a battle with Tower Hamlets council which said there was not enough affordable housing in the development. The then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson gave the project planning permission in April 2016.
A row with a local sailing club over the effect of the scheme’s nine towers of up to 30 storeys high would have on wind conditions on the dock, has been resolved by Desmond’s company, Northern & Star which pledged to cover “costs and expenses” incurred as a result of any ‘wind impact.’ Continue Reading