Redevelopment scheme for Thames riverside wins approval

Extensive public space to be included in Convoys Wharf regeneration alonside 3,500 homes

A scheme to redevelop a run-down part of the Thames’s riverside has won outline planning permission. The master-plan for the scheme at Convoys Wharf in south London, prepared by Richard Rogers Partnership, won approval from Lewisham council. The plans include refurbishment of a warehouse and the development of 3,500 new homes, with 35 per cent designated as affordable housing. Parts of the site have also been designated for retail and cultural uses. Plans include extensive public spaces, a riverside walk and a historic pedestrian route, linking the old dry dock to the other historic areas of the site. There will also be a large main square. Landscape architects’ firm Fischer Bell helped draw up the plans, but has had little involvement for two years because of the long planning process. Partner Gordon Bell said: “There is an awful lot of historic interest in the site.”

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