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.
The Mayor has recommended the following safeguarding policy:
- 25 wharves west of the Thames Barrier should remain ‘safeguarded’
- 25 wharves east of the Barrier should be ‘safeguarded’ for the first time
- 3 wharves west of the Barrier should be released from 'safeguarding'
- 19 wharves east of the Barrier should not be 'safeguarded'
The PLA also strongly supports the ‘reactivation strategy’ to bring back into use some currently unused wharves. This follows a marketing exercise led by the PLA. The three wharves chosen to be brought back into use first are:
- Hurlingham Wharf in Hammersmith & Fulham
- Orchard Wharf in Tower Hamlets
- Peruvian Wharf in Newham - see latest developments
Title: Safeguarding Wharves on the River Thames: London Plan Implementation Report
Publish date: January 2005
Title: Safeguarded Wharves Review: Final Recommendation
Publish date: March 2013