The site has two previous successful planning applications for significant redevelopment, comprising residential and hotel use.
These consents are:
PREVIOUSLY CONSENTED SCHEME 2007
- Consent for a 20 Storey residential-led building.
- 120 apartments.
- Granted at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate, who concluded that:
- The site’s location should encourage a building of significant scale.
- There are many tall buildings locally.
- Excellent public transport links offer an opportunity to increase the density of development in a sustainable manner.
- At present the area lacks any strong sense of place.
- The street scene area lacks any appeal or quality.
IMPLEMENTED SCHEME CONSENTED 2010
- Consent for a 16 storey building.
- A 252 room hotel.
- Development works were started and this scheme was ‘implemented’, meaning that this scheme could be built which establishes various development principles.
WIPI purchased the building in 2013 and have since been working on development proposals that maximises the sites potential to improve the surrounding area and the offer to the local community.
- The area around Pennyfields is generally recognised as London’s First China Town.
- Residents in the mid-1800’s included immigrants from Shanghai, Canton and Southern China who settled in the area due to its strong links to the tea trade.
- The area was heavily damaged during the Blitz in WW2.
- The site was previously occupied by a range of post war industrial and commercial buildings that were demolished in May 2008.
The site is located at the junction between West India Dock Road and Limehouse Causeway, to the north-west of the Isle of Dogs. The site is bounded by the DLR viaduct to the south, Salter Street to the west, West India Dock Road to the east with an open area to the north providing a bus route and bus stop.
Current State of Site
82 West India Dock Road – Site Location