Rethink Canada Water Masterplan

by Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group

Rethink Canada Water Masterplan

by Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group
Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group
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We are a forum of seven local stakeholder groups with representatives from Friends of Stave Hill, Friends of Russia Dock Woodlands, parents and school governors, and local residents/tenants groups.
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Latest: Sept. 21, 2020

Our fantastic supporters!

We are greatly buoyed by the level of support that our campaign to legally challenge the planning decision in respect of the Canada Water Master Plan continues to receive.   

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We are a group of local residents, community groups and organisations. Please support us in our challenge to over-development at Canada Water until the following key issues have been resolved :

Housing Segregation, Transport, Density, & Environmental Impact

About our case 

Canada Water - support our challenge to the Masterplan development. Help us reverse the decision to grant this seemingly flawed application.

London is growing – more housing is needed, as well as work space and job opportunities. As a forum of local residents and community groups, we support planned, consultative and sustainable development. For over 10 years, we have worked with developers to agree outcomes which benefit the community and have minimal impact on surrounding greenspace. We are passionate about local consultation and the importance of sustainable development. We challenge “cut and paste” development which gives no thought to the local community and its environs.

We are not completely opposed to the CWM, but strongly believe that the plan, as approved by Southwark Council in October 2019, is seriously deficient in four major areas:

  • it segregates social housing from private housing, and puts the social housing outside the main development, furthest away from the shopping areas and transport links. This segregation is in conflict with the Mayor’s London Plan, policy 3.9, para 3.58. This states that “The Mayor is concerned that there should be no segregation of London’s population by housing tenure.”
  • it will put an impossible strain on public transport, already operating at capacity as peak times. We believe that there needs to be more thought given to transport infrastructure. A new entrance to Surrey Quays station and an additional two trains per hour will not solve our transport problems.
  • it is a gross overdevelopment – from seven towers in the centre, each far taller than the one by the Canada Water bus-station, to a small site on the edge marked down for 28 flats in the local Area Action Plan, which is now to have 79 flats.
  • it will have a grievous impact on residential and other neighbours. The shading impact on residential blocks has not been sufficiently considered, nor has there been a full environmental impact assessment with regard to the adjacent Local Nature Reserve.

We are also troubled by the propriety of Southwark giving planning permission when it is in a 20/80 partnership with the developer.

The scheme still has to come before the Mayor. To make our case we need money. We have already incurred costs of £3,000. To make a legal pitch to the Mayor we need to raise a further £7,000. Our initial funding target  is £10,000.

If we have to make a case for going to court for Judicial Review, we shall need a further £20,000. We undertake that any unspent money, and any costs awarded in court, will be distributed to local SE16 community charities. These will NOT include any organisations involved in this crowd-funding initiative.

We want a new shopping and town centre along with housing provision that serves the community, not a high-rise “destination” to compete with Canary Wharf. Please give us your support. Thank you. 

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    there are some faults in the approach of this development, they had been flagged by number of residents. They have decided to force the people who live here to confront with them in a court. May this action be successful.
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    You guys do amazing work to protect our little SE16 oasis. It’s been such a joy to residents over the last few months with Covid limitations, but also long before.
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    Covid has really made me think about how valuable our neighbourhood green spaces are! These are so important and we should be trying to protect them and look after them. Thank you Steve and team for all of your tireless efforts to look after our park.

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Update 4

Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group

Sept. 21, 2020

Our fantastic supporters!

We are greatly buoyed by the level of support that our campaign to legally challenge the planning decision in respect of the Canada Water Master Plan continues to receive.   

The individual comments that accompany many of the pledges clearly endorse our view that more and more people are becoming aware of the long term importance of Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park and the role of the environment in their daily lives.    To date we have been successful in raising 74% of the funds needed to seek permission for a Judicial Review.    The oral hearing of the Judicial Review application is expected to take place towards the end of October.   Buxtons, the Law Firm handling the application, remain firmly of the view that there are significant grounds for a Judicial Review of permission 18-AP-1604.     C-19 and climate change initiatives have undoubtedly raised the level of understanding of the importance of tranquil and natural open green spaces and the environment for people’s well-being. There is also much evidence that access to significant open spaces is essential as an aid for mental health sufferers.       Many visitors to SE16 are flabbergasted when members of the campaign team talk about the shadowing issues relating to the building on site K1 and how it will adversely affect the adjacent butterfly colonies and eco systems. The fact that the building is totally at odds with the Canada Water Area Action Plan, the recommendations of CABE and the London Plan is also highlighted.    People struggle to understand why anyone should actively pursue such a detrimental course of action against such a unique resource that has been carefully and methodically created over the last 35 years. A number of people have indicated that the quality and quantity of the existing open spaces played a significant part in them deciding to move into the area. Hence, nothing must be allowed to negatively impact on the natural feel and the diversity of the flora and fauna and wildlife.   The area is a treasure, a peaceful and tranquil secluded sanctuary where individuals and families can walk and daydream away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. Most visitors believe the accredited nature reserves must be cherished and enhanced for future generations.   A ‘What’s the price of Love’ campaign has remarkably successful in raising awareness of the negative impact of building on K1 will have on Russia Dock Woodlands and Stave Hill Ecology Park.    Meanwhile, please continue to promote awareness of https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/rethink-canada-water-masterplan/  


Update 3

Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group

Aug. 21, 2020

Our barrister is requesting an oral hearing.

Thanks to the outstanding generosity of our supporters, we’re now over halfway to our target. This support means that we’re able to move to the next stage of our legal challenge, a request for an oral hearing in front of a judge. This will give our legal team the opportunity to make a verbal presentation of our case and argue key elements.

One key element of our case is the impact on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). Metropolitan Open Land is our urban countryside and has similar levels of protection as Green Belt land.

However, increasingly across the UK, developers are deliberately ignoring MOL or Green Belt status. Proposed changes to planning legislation could create more loopholes for developers, providing “special circumstances” and enabling planning permissions to be granted.

Individual impacts on each MOL may be small – fewer butterflies in one place, a species of bumblebee disappearing in another. Sites that can no longer support the same range of birds. Local reductions in biodiversity.

Small local losses, adding up across cities. We will all be poorer because of it. Recent times have clearly shown us that people need access to nature. This gradual erosion of Metropolitan Open Land must be challenged.

In twenty years time, we want to be living in true National Park Cities, not in impoverished developers’ landscapes.

Help us make this happen. Please continue your support by sharing our campaign link via social media, with your family, friends and work mates. Keeping on shouting! Your voices are making a difference, you are helping us to be heard. Thank you.

Update 2

Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group

July 7, 2020

Judicial Review has been lodged!

Covid-19 has shown us all how important it is for people to have access to natural space, and particularly public open space, because not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden or balcony of their own.

Rotherhithe’s accredited and much loved Local Nature Reserves are in danger from nearby overdevelopment.  

Similar schemes threaten towns and cities across the country. Over-tall buildings, blocking light, generating light spillage and funnelling wind, with long term consequences on wildlife and people. The loss of cherished views which connect us to our green spaces. The disappearance of wildlife that we take for granted. The long term impact on shaded soils.

All of this is about to happen in Rotherhithe, SE16.

Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park are two Local Nature Reserves, treasured by the local community, visited by bird watchers, insect and wildlife specialists from far and wide, and supporting a huge range of wildlife. These two sites will face irreversible effects from overdevelopment.

Developers want to commercialise and damage our green spaces.

Southwark Council’s Canada Water Area Action Plan proposed 28 dwellings for the small K1 plot on Russia Walk, next to these accredited Local Nature Reserves.  The developers want to build 79.

The K1 plot is outside the main area of the Masterplan development, segregated and furthest away from the shopping areas and transport links. K1 is reserved for social housing. Social housing should not be segregated. We need strong communities without social exclusion.  The Government has pledged to end ‘poor doors’ – this development will create 79 ‘poor doors’.

The 5 & 6 storey K1 block is planned for the southern boundary of Stave Hill Ecology Park and Russia Dock Woodland Local Nature Reserves. It will cast a long shadow, directly affecting wildlife and the wildlife habitats.

That shadow will also fall on local schools, shading playgrounds, sports pitches and growing areas. The impact on natural habitat and green spaces will be devastating and long lasting.

Our Urban green spaces have never been so necessary. Over the last three months of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, access to parks has been a lifeline for many. Contact with nature, spaces for kids, places for quiet reflection – people in towns need their urban countryside. We must defend it.

London is growing – more housing is needed, as well as work space and job opportunities. People need planned, consultative and sustainable development, which supports social integration, builds communities and protects our vital green space.

Because of these concerns, many local people across the community are supporting this challenge to the Planning Decision on the Canada Water Masterplan

A request for Judicial Review of the Planning Decision has now been lodged by a highly regarded  environmental law firm, who have been retained by a local resident.

If granted leave to proceed with the action, the legal costs will be up to £30,000, and that is our updated funding target.

Update 1

Canada Water Master Plan Challenge – local residents and stakeholders group

Feb. 21, 2020

Re-think Canada Water campaign update

Our campaign is still very active, and we would like to thank you all for your continued support. How can you help? Please email your M.P! ask why the Mayor of London did not pass Planning Application Ref: 18/AP/1604 , one of the largest in the country and changing the London landscape, to the GLA for an impartial and transparent review. And please pass on the link to everyone you think may help!

Campaign update, 20th February 2020

  • 8th January - we email Southwark Planning, requesting that we be notified when the CWMP application stage 2 review goes to the Mayor/GLA
  • 8th January – Southwark Planning acknowledges this as a valid enquiry, and states that it is hoped application will be referred to Mayor / GLA at end of January.
    They also add that the Mayor then had 14 days to consider application, whether to call it in (refuse) or ratify (approve).
    They further stated that it was most unlikely planning decision would be made before end February. They suggested we might like to ask for an update in the 2nd week of February.
  • Monday 10th February – We emailed Southwark Planning for an update on the submission of the application to the Mayor / GLA.
  • Tuesday 11th February. Southwark Planning’s response to our email of the 10th Feb. They state that they could confirm the council submitted the application at the end of January -  a specific date was not given in the email.
    In the same email, it was further stated the Mayor did in fact decide not to call in the application, but to leave determination to the council .

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR CAMPAIGN?
    The Mayor of London has decided that Southwark Council will make the final planning decision and not the GLA. Given that they have already voted yes, they're not likely to say no at 2nd stage.

We have been told by Southwark planning that there are a number of issues regarding Section 106 funding that need to be resolved, and there will be no final decision until then. We have been told this may not be until mid-March.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

  • 11th February - we emailed Buxtons (environmental law firm), and updated them on situation.
  • 11th February - Buxtons reply, with following key points:
    - GLA website still shows application had NOT been submitted for stage 2 review.
    - We need to consider preparation for potential Judicial Review.
    - the next sensible step would be to instruct a barrister to provide advice on whether there are good grounds for Judicial Review.
  • We have now instructed Buxtons to instruct a barrister to provide advice for a judicial review.

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