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Important Decision For the Future of Wharves in London

Douglas Edwards QC

In an important decision for the future of wharves in London, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has refused planning permission for a mixed use scheme for residential and commercial uses and partial wharf reactivation through an aggregates handling and cement importation facility and passenger pier on land including Peruvian and Plaistow wharves in the London Borough of Newham.

The Secretary of State and her Inspector agreed with the objections of the Port of London Authority and the GLA that the appellant had failed to demonstrate that the whole of the wharf protected by safeguarding directions was neither viable nor capable of being made viable for cargo handling, contrary to the London Plan safeguarded wharves policy. The Port of London Authority was represented at the called-in inquiry by Andrew Kelly QC and Douglas Edwards instructed by Mrs Rosalind Packham (solicitor).