statement in order to minimise the negative impact construction will have on the pier. TfL London River Services is happy to meet and discuss these issues.
TfL welcomes the proposal of only 26 car-parking spaces. However, it seems no
provisions have been made to provide any cycle parking. The London Cycle Network (LCN) Design Manual states that at least 64 secure cycle parking units should be provided for the
residential units as well as a reasonable amount for the retail and aparthotel uses. Several of the
cycle parking units should be located near the entrance in a secure location for visitors to use.
Comments from LDA
In principal the Agency supports the proposals for the mixed-use redevelopment of this
prominent riverside site, which has been vacant and subject to redevelopment proposals for some years. Provided the Tower of London World Heritage site and strategic views issues are satisfactorily addressed it will complement the Tower Environs Scheme which is making major improvements to the visitor facilities and environment of the Tower of London, one of London's most visited tourist attractions. The Agency is a significant funder through SRB of the last phase
of this scheme and also contributed to previous phases.
It is important that the scheme does allow for a high quality and attractive riverside walk
way with active frontages and surveillance such that the riverside route that has been created on the north bank of the Thames can properly continue through this site. This is another project in
which the Agency has been involved through SRB.
Comments from other agencies
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has expressed “broad
support for the project and would be happy to see the scheme approved and built, subject to the
conclusion of negotiations between the applicant and the planning authority.”
Under the terms of the Water Resources Act 1991 and the Land Drainage Byelaws 1981,
the prior written consent of the Environment Agency is required for any proposed works or structures either affecting or within 16 metres of the tidal flood defence structure. The Environment Agency has objected to the proposal on the basis that a Flood Risk Assessment is required. The applicant has commissioned a report from a structural engineering company who have confirmed the longevity of the river wall and its functionality as a flood protection device,
but the Environment Agency do not consider that this information adequately addresses their concerns.
English Heritage considers that the scale and form of the proposed building “would
create an unduly assertive relationship with the River, the World Heritage site and the setting of the listed Pump House.” It is of the opinion that “the proposed design of the replacement building would benefit from taking greater account of the positive aspects of the existing building, such as its quiet and understated presence and careful massing in relation to the River
and the Tower.” English Heritage welcomes the efforts made to integrate the proposed development with the Tower Environs scheme and the Riverside Walkway.