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21 Wapping Lane

21 Wapping Lane

Starting at Wapping Overground station in Wapping Lane we walk past some of Wapping’s best local shops which are covered brilliantly in Robin’s residents guide to shops and services.

After passing Wapping Health Centre, Wapping Lane then starts to feel slightly lifeless as you pass Tobacco Dock on the left.

Directly opposite is the building site that in 12 – 18 months will become 21 Wapping Lane.

It’s hard to imagine, especially if the plans for a Tobacco Dock hotel and plaza also materialise.

21 Wapping Lane, E1W

21 Wapping Lane, E1W

21 Wapping Lane Property Development

21 Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W

450 studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats costing from £242,000 up to to £1.1m with facilities unconfirmed, but to include an exclusive health club, restaurants and leisure facilities.

4 blocks in total with a maximum height of 19 storeys including 20% social housing.

Further Details

For more information you can view or download the developers Ballymore pdf brochure (4.5MB)

21 Wapping Lane looks set to contribute towards & enhance the enduring appeal of Wapping Village”

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  • Jimmy

    Personally I’m in favour. Anything that improves the Highway end of Wapping Lane has to be a good thing surely? Also there’s increasing crime near Tobacco Dock in the evening and having more people in the area should help to reduce this.
    Obviously if it looks horrible that’s another matter but from the artistic impressions I’ve seen reasonable efforts have been taken and like everything there has to be a balance against the cost or no one will be able to afford to buy.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    ” the majority of the people are against this insensitive and inappropriate building”

    don’t know what you’re basing this on, the poll on this website (which seems to have taken sensible steps to stop it being ‘gamed’) is currently 45% not in favour, 42% in favour. practically split down the middle.

  • Steve

    It seems that the majority of the people are against this insensitive and inappropriate building for the area and given that the development company is struggling, they are likely to cut corners and make the design look even cheaper than it currently does from that ghastly steel.

    Surely there is a way to raise a petition to get the planning process looked into, reviewed and the size scaled back. This project was wholly rejected initially, they removed a few floors, and hey presto, even though it doesn’t meet environmental standards, is too dense, not enough affordable housing, it somehow got approved.

    Boris has already rejected schemes in the east end for being too dense and this is supposed to be one of the key objectives of the council to reduce overcrowding so this development seems so out of tune with the area and what our voted cllrs are saying they want to deliver.

    Does anyone reading this site know how items as this can be raised to Boris, or whether there is another route to get such developments put on hold or ideally rejected. Any original consultation was minor and they certainly didn’t adhere to the feedback and when asked to make it in keeping with the area they simply clad some balconies with yellow clading and not steel, not what I am sure people had in mind by in keeping.

    Once it is built it is built and the area ruined and it also sets a worrying precedence for future developments.

    Glad to hear views or the voice of someone pro-active anything to get a campaign up and running,

  • KOF

    The developer Ballymore and its owner Sean Mulryan are currently in financial workout with the Irish Government’s asset management agency (NAMA) for performing and non-performing loans arising from the Irish banking crisis. Thus 21 Wapping Lane may or may not come to fruition within time or under the guise of the current developer depending on the stance and actions of NAMA and other financial institutions who hold Barrymore’s loans.

  • Katherine

    21 Wapping Lane has been planned with such insensitivity to its surroundings, both in style and scale, that it’s as though the planning clock has been rolled back to the sixties. Why the shiny steel, when all around is in brick? It would stick out in Limehouse Basin, let alone cosy Wapping.

    It’s a great shame that the existing Wapping conservation areas aren’t merged and extended to The Highway, as the quality of the 1980s Docklands developments surely deserves better than this lump of a neighbour. Even Reardon House opposite (classic continuous-balcony 1950s local authority housing in need of a bit of TLC) deserves better! The few concrete blocks still around are at least unobtrusive, as was the warehouse originally on the site.

    My company moved its office to Wapping this summer, and I’ve been wowed by its lovely environment – pleasant buildings, leafy parks, kids scootering to school past the ducks on the canal – an urban ideal. I’ve been thinking of moving to live here myself, but if developments like this are allowed here, who knows what it’ll look like in 5-10 years’ time.

  • Jim Herd

    I think that, design apart, this development is simply too large for the area. There’s nothing remotely comparable that I’m aware of in the vicinity. I suspect that it’ll obscure my easterly view towards Canary Wharf too. It’s a great pity that most people seem to have been unaware of the plans and it now seems to have had the green light.

  • Robin M

    Oh, so only Chelsea or Hampstead get to preserve their local character? Sounds a bit elitist to me. If Wapping had gone along with all the “dramatic changes” of the last 40 years, we would be built over with concrete office blocks designed in the fifties, built in the seventies. Do we really want to live in the shadow of a skyscraper just ‘cos that’s the current trend?

  • Matt

    Err hello people! I hate to wake you gently from your dream but this isn’t Chelsea or Hampstead or even a conservation area. Wapping’s very character is indelibly linked to the dramatic changes (planned or otherwise) it has witnessed. It’s what makes Wapping special (and the East End of which it will always be a part, sorry!)
    AND the plans look pretty good to me compared to some of the bog-standard boring stuff in Limehouse and Isle of Dogs.

  • KB

    Where is the correlation between social housing and “anti-social behaviour”?!?! What an offensive and sweeping generalisation you make. Do you suppose that because we pay our rents to LBTH or housing associations as opposed to private landlords and banks that we are without morals or pride for the area in which we live? Wapping and it’s wonderful community was built on working class families that lived/live in council and housing association properties. This is the inner city not leafy suburbia; Tower Hamlets, as we are all aware, is one of the poorest boroughs in the country and it’s residents (myself included) have been priced out of the private housing market WITHIN the area in which I have happily resided for over 20 years by greedy estate agents. I despair for my children – how will they get on the first rung of the property ladder when they are older given the exorbitanat cost of bricks and mortar. Have you seen the figures for homelessness? Welsh House now has only one tenant that hasn’t bought their property; each and every one of the other flats are no longer in the social housing stock – a shocking prospect given the amount of people on the council waiting list, so in answer to your question this is why more social housing is needed, and desperately so.

    This is East London, this is Wapping, with a rich past history of WORKING CLASS dockworkers, and WORKING CLASS families presently, and in my 20 years of living here I have yet to witness the so called anti-social behaviour you speak of. My children and I know the names of all of our neighbours on the social housing estate in which we happily live (can the same be said of the residents that live in the apartments on Wapping High Street and it’s ilk?), as well as the names of countless residents in the wider community (all of which live in social housing) and neither have they been victims of anti-social behaviour. In fact it’s the opposite – we feel lucky to live in such a safe and peaceful area and so should you, but if you despair at having us commoners and riff-raff on your doorstep please do feel free to take yourself and your ignorant views and move to Surrey!

  • Robin M

    If any our our councillors looks at this site – where were you when this application went in, and is our only recourse now to see if there is a procedure to get Boris to call it in?

  • Anonymous

    the recent presentation was for Tobacco Dock Hotel. I suspect the time for voicing disapproval was when the planning application went in.

  • Mucdymuc

    Can anything be done to block them? I know that they were doinf a fancy presentation but concretly, what cna we do.

  • Steve

    I would rather a development too, but one that was in keeping and fitting for the area; when was the last time you saw a 19 storey silver building in the heart of Wapping, this monster is more in keeping with Canary Wharf. This should be like the development already opposite Tobacco docks, average height and build in yellow bricks and stone, if one developer can show restraint and not drive maximum profits surely can’t another.

  • Peter

    I don’t want this in Wapping but agree with Brock. One has nothing to do with the other.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    wow. that was even more offensive than teenagers=anti social behaviour.

  • John S

    This area has way more than it’s fair share of social housing, why on earth do we need more? Isn’t there enough anti-social behaviour already?

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    sooner flats than a derelict building with broken windows.

  • Steve

    This is wholly inappropriate for the area, a silver tower only suitable for canary wharf at the entrance to Wapping, no yellow brick, does meet current environmental or density standards, nor has the required quota for affordable housing.

    I don’t know anyone in the Wapping area that is in favour of it, the plans were completely rejected and then submitted 3 months later with a 2 storey’s removed and amazingly all previous issues, that had not been addressed, were forgotten and the planning application gets approved. And on top of that the planning committee rejects the requests from the local Health Centre for £1.25M in funding to build a new HC, when Tower Hamlets are pushing for a new one to be built, odd that.

    Does anyone know how to get such a disgrace of a decision sent back to planning before it is too late, Boris has already rejected various properties that have received planning due to density issues – can the same be done here or failing that what else can be done?


  • Peter

    How on earth can anyone suggest this block of concrete will enhance Wapping?