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Safeguarding Wharves

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Please set out the evidence in relation to each of the eight wharves that have seen their safeguarding directions removed in Mayoral Decision 2569 and set out how this decision fully complies with Policy S1 15 of the draft London and 7.26 of the current London Plan, which requires safeguarded wharves to be used for the purposes of waterborne freight handling, with any redevelopment for other land only being acceptable when the wharf is no long viable or capable of being made viable for waterborne freight handling.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The recommendations of the Safeguarded Wharves Review are the result of a robust and lengthy review process, which included multiple independent assessments and public consultation.

In the north east sub-region four wharves are recommended for release due to unfavourable berthing, access, and/or navigational conditions, combined with a surplus of capacity in this area.  A further three wharves are recommended for release due to the impact of the Silvertown Tunnel Project, and to take advantage of the opportunity to consolidate wharf capacity; this will enable existing operators to derive benefits from co-location and better utilise the river for freight. In addition, two new wharves are recommended for safeguarding. These changes would still leave 2.4 million tonnes of spare capacity by 2041 to meet the changing needs of water-borne freight in London’s north-east.

One vacant wharf in the south-east sub region is recommended for release due to unfavourable berthing conditions.

Full evidence is set out in the Individual Site Assessments at Appendix B of MD 2569.

Through the policies in my London Plan I continue to provide strong protection for safeguarded wharves against inappropriate development, requiring all applications to robustly demonstrate how a wharf is no longer viable in accordance with all requirements in paragraph 9.15.8.