Part of Canada Water is to be brought into community use on a temporary or “meanwhile” basis, while plans for the permanent scheme are subject to a public consultation process.
British Land announced on 11 March that clearing had started on Robert’s Close, and this was the first step in bringing it into use on a temporary basis for around two years for community activity.
The developer is currently speaking with a number of organisations which specialise in working with the local community towards meanwhile use, and one of them will be appointend in spring to develop the plans.
As for the permanent use of the area, a Canada Water Area Action Plan was designed in November 2015 by the council, outlining its policy for the core area over the next 15 years.
According to this document, the area is expected to deliver at least 4,500 new homes, a minimum of 1,000 allocated as affordable, no less than 12,000sq m of employment floorspace, a cinema and leisure facilities.
British Land Canada Water Masterplan forms part of the area and proposes to build around 3,500 new homes, as well as work, leisure, retail and community space, on a site of around 650,000sq m.
British Land held a series of events to get public feedback on the draft masterplan in February 2016. Plans were also available for online feedback until 6 March.
British Land announced on 7 March that more than 2,000 visitors had attended the events, adding that it will discuss the outcome during the upcoming months, before producing a full public report on this stage of consultation.
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