The Port of London Authority (PLA) has welcomed the government decision to dismiss plans by a property developer to convert a safeguarded wharf on the Thames in East London into a largely residential development.
PLA reported on their website that the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to dismiss Capital and Provident Limited’s plans for Peruvian Wharf in Newham vindicates the introduction in 2004 of the policy to safeguard strategically placed wharves for cargo-handling. Safeguarding of wharves is essential to allow London to make the most of the Thames, the environmentally friendly, ‘green’ highway that runs through the heart of the capital.
PLA chief executive, Richard Everitt said:
“We are delighted with this decision, which endorses the ‘safeguarding’ policy. It is the result of over six years work by PLA in partnership with the Greater London Authority. Securing this result was essential to making sure that Londoners will be able to benefit from the enormous potential contribution the river is set to make to the Capital’s sustainable future.
“Bringing Peruvian Wharf back into cargo-handling use is the essential next step. We already have well developed plans for the site to be used for waste recycling and handling building materials.”
Fifty wharves have been ‘safeguarded’ for Thames cargo-handling use by the Secretary of State, following the advice of the Mayor of London, and the PLA. Peruvian Wharf is one of three currently disused wharves to be brought back into use. The others are Hurlingham Wharf in Hammersmith & Fulham and Orchard Wharf in Tower Hamlets.
The development of cargo handling at Peruvian Wharf will take more lorries off London’s congested roads. Over two million tonnes of cargo are moved between wharves on the Thames each year, saving more than 150,000 lorry movements that would otherwise be needed.