Regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House achieves a key milestone with the local authority poised to dot the Is and cross the Ts on the planning application

The first phase of the £3.7bn Canning Town and Custom House regeneration project has achieved a resolution to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Newham.

Over the next 15 years the programme aims to transform the area physically, socially and economically with more than 10,000 new and refurbished homes to create a “sustainable and cohesive community”.

Countryside Properties is the scheme’s main developer, working in partnership with Newham Regeneration and Affinity Sutton on behalf of William Sutton Homes.

The first phase, known as “Area 3”, includes a prominent apartment building, designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington, fronting the A13 and promising to provide a bold, confident design statement to support further regeneration of the area.

The first phase application proposes 649 homes, of which 422 are designated for private sale and 227 for affordable housing. The plans also include the reconstruction of the Keir Hardie Primary School at a cost of £7.3 million to a design by Mouchel Parkman.

The proposals also include the establishment of a “sustainable” management company that will pioneer news ways of engaging residents in the management of their own development.

Tony Travers, subsidiary managing director of Countryside Properties said: “We have spent a great deal of time preparing the site to ensure that we can progress as quickly as possible once we have full agreement on all the details of our planning application. Canning Town and Custom House badly needs new housing and we have worked closely with our partners and the local community to create plans that will provide homes and community facilities that are appropriate and well designed.”