Massive jobs and homes boost for Royal Docks

A planning application for a new development that will bring thousands of homes and jobs to the Royal Docks has been submitted.

Detailed designs for the 41-acre riverside site at Minoco Wharf, between Pontoon Dock and West Silvertown DLR stations, have been lodged with Newham Council.

Bosses at Ballymore Group, who are behind the plans, say they will help attract businesses to the newly-created Royal Docks enterprise zone.

Their development will include a mix of houses, apartments and mansion blocks, as well as shops, doctors, cafes and restaurants.

There will also be a nursery, primary school, community hall and a new park.

The ambition of the scheme is to create a landmark development, creating a network of streets and squares naturally legible to its occupants.

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This development will transform the area providing jobs in the emerging Green and Creative Industries to be promoted as part of its designation as an Enterprise Zone.

There will be upto 3,500 residential units in a mix of houses, mansion blocks and apartments. This development will be home for up to 20,000 people living and working in the area. Its beating heart will be a new high street and town Square with local shops, doctors, dentist, cafes, restaurants, nursery school, primary school and community hall.

The site is located close to Custom House station — which will be on the Crossrail route when it opens in 2017 — and Ballymore hope to provide a new dedicated river taxi stop.

Chairman Sean Mulryan said: “The Royal Docks represents a unique opportunity in London to create a new piece of living and working city representing a 21st Century version of the great Georgian and Victorian developments of West London”.

Planners are expected to decide on the application later this year, with the first residents arriving in 2013 if the scheme gets the green light.