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Safeguarded Wharves

The PLA is actively engaged with the Mayor of London in supporting the ‘safeguarding’ of riverside wharves from redevelopment into non-port use.  This is an important policy, consistent with continued moves towards sustainable development, that will ensure that development on the Thames continues to be balanced across freight, residential and leisure uses.

Currently 50 wharves are safeguarded: 25 upstream and 25 downstream of the Thames Barrier.   The PLA has, as a project partner, been supporting the Mayor, The Canal and River Trust and Transport for London in reviewing the safeguarding of wharves along the whole of the Blue Ribbon Network in London.  This work culminated in the submission of the Safeguarded Wharves Review: Final Recommendation by the Mayor to the Secretary of State in March 2013.  The report recommends the release of nine safeguarded wharves and one additional wharf is proposed for safeguarding.  For information see:  https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/safeguarded-wharves-directions

The PLA strongly supports the ‘reactivation strategy’ to bring back into use some currently unused wharves.  The three wharves chosen to be brought back into use first are:





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Title: Safeguarding Wharves on the River Thames: London Plan Implementation Report

Publish date: January 2005


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Title: Safeguarded Wharves Review: Final Recommendation

Publish date: March 2013