About the application

The Masterplan site covers approximately 53 acres. Given the size of the site and the nature of the development, the application is submitted in hybrid form whereby the first four buildings (Plots A1, A2, K1 and C) are submitted in detail (i.e. no matters reserved) and the remainder of the development is submitted in outline with all matters reserved for future determination through subsequent Reserved Matters applications. There will be further engagement on each Reserved Matters Application as it comes forward.

The outline application does not approve all elements of the development but establishes the parameters within which future buildings can come forward, including the height, scale and quantum of uses being proposed. Full details for first four plots are provided with detailed plans, sections and elevations, alongside Computer Generated Images of how the buildings will appear.

Revised planning application

A planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan was first submitted in May 2018. In response to feedback from the local community, Southwark Council, other public bodies such as the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL), changes to the planning application were made in October 2018, March 2019 and June 2019.

Delivering more homes, including affordable homes, is a key issue for local residents, and we recognise how important it is that we provide homes that support local community needs. Following our ongoing discussions with local residents, Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority, in June 2019 we submitted further amendments to the planning application, relating primarily to our affordable housing offer, as well as to some other minor amendments, such as additional transport assessments that had been carried out.

For full details of the changes made to the planning application, please view Section 4 of the FAQ page.

The Three “Control Documents”

For the outline application, the Design and Access Statement describes what could come forward in the future, although the precise nature and form of the buildings is not yet known. To ensure that future Reserved Matters applications are acceptable, three Control Documents will form part of any planning permission:

Development Specification:

The Development Specification sets out the maximum amount of floorspace (for each land use proposed) that can ultimately come forward on the site.

Parameter Plans:

The Parameter Plans are a series of drawings that establish rules for the development, controlling the layout and scale of future development zones. The Parameter Plans set minimum and maximum zone extents and maximum building heights. They should be read in conjunction with the Development Specification. The Parameter Plans also set out the vehicle and pedestrian access points; the location of key roads and the minimum extent of public realm.

Design Guidelines:

The Design Guidelines should be read alongside the Parameter Plans and Development Specification. The Design Guidelines establish binding standards for future buildings and public realm which will come forward as part of the Reserved Matters process.

The potential form of the development based on all of the design principles and concepts that underpin the Development Specification, Parameter Plans and Design Guidelines are represented in the Illustrative Masterplan which is described in detail in the Masterplan Design and Access Statement.

These documents have been continually updated since May 2018 when the planning application was originally submitted.

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Submit a Comment

The Council is currently undertaking statutory consultation on the amendments made to the planning application in June 2019 between 27 June – 17 July. You can make a comment on this application by visiting the Council’s Planning Register and by searching for ‘Canada Water Masterplan’ or by entering ‘18/AP/1604’.

The planning documents can also be viewed at Canada Water Library.

Here’s how you can submit your comments:

Online: www.southwark.gov.uk/planningregister

By Email: Via the form on Southwark Council’s website here.

By Post: Send your comments by post to 5th Floor Hub 2, Southwark Council, PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5LX