Planning application for 946 flats in Peruvian Wharf submitted by Galliard

DP9, on behalf of Galliard Homes, have submitted an initial planning application for 946 flats in Peruvian Wharf, a new development to the west of Royal Wharf. As reported by Royal Wharf News back in July, Galliard are developing the site located next to West Silvertown DLR station, and extends from North Woolwich Road down to the River Thames. As it stands, Galliard Homes do not have permission to extend the development all the way to the river's edge, as the the river frontage is designated as a "Safeguarded Wharf" by the Port of London Authority.

The site

Following the completion of a second public consultation, Galliard have submitted plans for 946 flats split over three blocks:

  • Block A, situated close to the West Silvertown DLR Station;
  • Block B, which is situated further to the west along North Woolwich Road; and
  • Block C, situated to the south of Block B, bordering the safeguarded wharf area.

The planning application (16/02947/FUL) available on Newham Council's website includes details of the development, including plans and a 254 page 'Design and Access Statement', which sheds more light on the development.

The Design and Access Statement notes a significant number of challenges with the site, which the developer will have to overcome:

"Visual impact of future aggregate wharf and noise from wharf activities. 
Odour from Nuplex Resins and visual impact of derelict [sic]. 
Visual impact/noise generated by up to 300 daily trips of HGV along consented wharf access.
Silvertown Way is elevated to limit pedestrian connectivity on ground level.
Visual impact and noise due to the proximity to the DLR structure.
High level noise source from Tate and Lyle recorded at average 70dB for 24 hours a day.
The loop portion of North Woolwich Road encroaches onto the site.
Aircraft noise and the safeguarding height restrictions (66.6-88.1m AOD) from the City Airport"

While some of these are shared with the Royal Wharf development, the proximity of Peruvian Wharf to both the Nuplex Resin and Tate and Lyle sites, in addition to the need to maintain access to an aggregates wharf on the bank of the Thames would likely concern future residents.

Results of public consultations

The planning application also notes feedback received from the public consultations performed by Galliard:

"On the whole, the proposals were well received by councillors, officers and the public alike. People generally agreed that the site was in need of regeneration and were excited about the prospect of an improved station square and new retail space. The overwhelming desire was to see the plans progress and a high proportion of visitors and respondents were keen to understand more about Peruvian Wharf’s role in the wider transformation of the Royal Docks.
These themes were consistent throughout the consultation and helped to shape the plans, with the Applicant introducing a number of changes between the two phases of consultation in order to respond to feedback - most notably a potential convenience type metro offer at the station square.
None of the visitors or respondents objected in principle to the proposed development. Those respondents who raised concerns did so about specific elements of the proposals, most notably the potential impact the proposals may have on existing local transport infrastructure and the need for wider improvements to the DLR. In this case the Applicant has been working with TfL to feedback comments from local communities."

Concerns regarding the capacity of the DLR were noted back when Royal Wharf was seeking planning permission. With the large number of new residents in the area in the next few years, it seems further investment into this section of the DLR will be necessary, even with the prospect of an extended riverboat service, and the opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) in December 2018 from Customs House.

Design

As a result of the challenges posed by the site, Galliard homes has designed the three blocks to be largely inward facing, with central courtyards:

The three blocks of Peruvian Wharf, illustrating central courtyards.
‍The three blocks of Peruvian Wharf, illustrating central courtyards.
Peruvian Wharf - Block A (left) and Block B (right) with West Silvertown DLR station in the foreground.
Peruvian Wharf - Block A (left) and Block B (right) with West Silvertown DLR station in the foreground.
The new "West Silvertown Place" and Block A, situated next to West Silvertown DLR station.
The new "West Silvertown Place" and Block A, situated next to West Silvertown DLR station.
Peruvian Wharf, Block B.
A view of Block B at Peruvian Wharf from West Silvertown Place.
Block C (left) and Block B (right) of Peruvian Wharf.
Block C (left) and Block B (right) of Peruvian Wharf.
An alternative view of Block C (left) and Block B (right) of Peruvian Wharf.

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