Planning Application

About the application   

Our proposals offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild the 25-year old Asda store and car park into a new and vibrant District Centre. Our plans are ambitious and inclusive, designed to offer a social, residential and commercial hub for those who are already part of the Isle of Dogs community as well as the new residents, workers and visitors.

The submitted application is the culmination of extensive discussions and engagement with Tower Hamlets Council and local stakeholders to deliver this strategic site. Planning permission was granted by Tower Hamlets Council for the redevelopment of the site as a District Centre in 2014. Following extensive consultation with the local community, 2017 and 2019, our new plans have now been submitted to Tower Hamlets Council.

With the principles of planning permission already established, the focus of the revised proposals is to ensure that the District Centre works better for both existing and future residents of the Isle of Dogs.

Our revised application for the Crossharbour District Centre includes:

  • A new primary school and nursery for over 600 local children
  • A community hub of 20,000 sq ft,  to be handed over to the Council for local community based functions
  • A brand new, fit for purpose, Asda supermarket
  • Over 70,000 sq ft of retail and café space (around 15 shops), including space offered at discounted rents to local businesses
  • Over 4 acres of public open space, the equivalent to two football pitches
  • A new Central Square with fountains, seating and meeting space along with opportunities for markets and events
  • A ½ mile ‘Play Street’ offering informal play space for children within the local community
  • An urban forest providing tree planting, natural play and a much improved environment
  • Around 1,970 new private and affordable homes – including both intermediate and social rent options
  • Over £50m in CIL and S106 financial contributions to Tower Hamlets to support the delivery of a wide range of infrastructure improvements, to be determined by the Council. CIL and S106 charges from the scheme could be dedicated towards updates to the Island Advice Centre building, improvements green public transport infrastructure like additional cycling bays and electric vehicle charging points.
  • Creation of around 1,200 new jobs, including 450 jobs through construction with the associated positive benefit to local businesses and suppliers. As well as over 500 new permanent jobs on site across a range of skills including facilities management, retail and education.
  • 400 new trees, absorbing up to 8.64 tonnes of carbon a year
  • Money towards local health facilities
  • Improved links to Mudchute Park and a £30,000/year payment to support the Park and Farm
  • Space for over 3,000 bikes plus docking stations

You can view the planning all of the submitted documents by visiting the Council’s Website here and use the reference code PA/19/02534 

Please find a record of all materials issued throughout the consultation process below.

Project timeline 

Planning permission granted for the redevelopment of the District Centre for the Isle of Dogs.


Community workshops and consultation held on the revised proposals to enhance the benefits of the original proposals

March – April 2017

Revised planning application submitted and ultimately withdrawn

July 2017

Public consultation on new proposals held alongside meetings with various local community groups.

July 2019

Updated planning application submitted to Tower Hamlets Council.

November 2019
March 2020


Ongoing engagement

March 2020