Johnson urges temporary developments at cancelled scheme site

The mayors of London and the London Borough of Newham have announced they will encourage temporary developments at London's Royal Docks, following the collapse of a scheme for Silvertown Quays.

London mayor Boris Johnson and Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales yesterday launched a strategy for the regeneration of the east London waterfront area as a business and residential area.

With the London Olympics just two years away, the document says that the council and Boris Johnson are prepared to hold out for good quality development.

But it added: "We will also actively encourage temporary and short-term interim uses where these are commensurate with this vision and can help bring vitality and prosperity to the area."

The document said these could last from six months to five years. Planning permission for a mixed-use scheme on the 24ha Silvertown Quays site had been approved in 2007.

But earlier this year, the mayor’s regeneration body, the London Development Agency, pulled out of a development agreement with a consortium made up of Silvertown Quays Ltd and Kajima Urban Development International.

In May, electronics giant Siemens committed to invest £30 million to help create a new exhibition centre for sustainable technologies.

A planning application for a cable car from the Royal Docks spanning the River Thames is due to be submitted in September, according to the two mayors.

The document is available here.

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