East Wick and Sweetwater bridges

Prior to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a number of bridges were constructed to create new connections into the Park from the surrounding communities. These links included pedestrian bridges at Wallis Road in Hackney Wick and Monier Road in Fish Island.

  • Building on these connections, the London Legacy Development Corporation and its development partner, East Wick and Sweetwater Projects, have been progressing detailed designs for a new pedestrian / cycle bridge in Fish Island (also known as H16) and an upgraded vehicle bridge at Monier Road (H14)

    • Stour Road Bridge (H16) – new pedestrian / cycle bridge linking Stour Road to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
    • Monier Road Bridge (H14) – the existing pedestrian bridge will be upgraded to a pedestrian, cycle, bus and vehicle bridge, crossing the River Lea Navigation.

    Both bridges were granted outline planning consent in 2012 as part of the Legacy Communities scheme. The Legacy Corporation will be submitting a planning application on the detailed designs for the bridges in the summer.

    Exhibition boards from the recent public drop-in sessions can be found here

  • The planning history for this project is as follows:

    • The 2007 Olympic planning permission had a planning condition (LTD.30) that required the ODA to provide a vehicular bridge at H14 in accordance with submitted plans (one of 3 proposed western bridges, the others being H10 and H16)
    • The details of this application, including all technical information, designs, consultation undertaken and the decision notice can be found here using reference number 07/90010/OUMODA
    • Through scheme evolution it was decided to implement H10 and H14 as pedestrian/cycle bridges only, with the option for vehicular bridges to be considered as part of longer-term legacy development. This was taken forward through the 2010 Western bridges application. The details of this application, including all technical information, designs, consultation undertaken and the decision notice can be found here using reference number 10/90344/FULODA  
    • As part of the Legacy Communities Scheme, H14 was given outline planning consent for an all modes bridge, and H16 was given planning consent for a pedestrian/cycle bridge to support longer-term legacy development as anticipated by earlier permissions.  The details of this application, including all technical information, designs, consultation undertaken and the decision notice can be found here using reference number 11/90621/OUTODA.
  • In July 2015, the Legacy Corporation adopted its Local Plan, which is the statutory development plan for its area.

    The Local Plan identifies a need for a range of new connections as part of a wider package of improvements to movement within, to and from Fish Island, including the two bridges known as H14 and H16. The Plan specifically seeks upgrading of bridge H14 to a key on-road connection and the construction of bridge H16 as a pedestrian and cycle bridge as part of the wider movement strategy for the area. In including these proposals, the Local Plan took into account a range of evidence including, the previous planning history and a specific connectivity study that helped to inform the movement strategy for the area.

    The proposal for an all traffic modes bridge for the location of bridge H14 had also been included in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Fish Island Area Action Plan, which has now been superseded by the Legacy Corporation’s Local Plan.

    More information about the Local Plan and the consultation undertaken can be found here.

    Planning applications for the detailed design of the bridges, once submitted, will be subject to formal public consultation.
  • A timetable for the delivery of the project is as follows:

    • H14 and H16 bridge detailed design development – summer 2016 
    • Submission of planning application for detailed design of bridges H14 and H16 – late summer 2016
    • Start on site bridge H16 – Q1 2017
    • Start on site bridge H14 – Q3 2017
    • Bridge H16 open to the public – Q3 2017
    • Bridge H14 open to the public – Q1 2018
    • The existing bridge H14 will close no more than 10 weeks before the new bridge H16 is opened.
  • The Legacy Corporation has now submitted the reserved matters application for the bridges and associated road layout within Sweetwater.

    The full set of documents can be downloaded from the Planning Register here.

    Details of the applications can be found in the table below.

    All comments on the applications should be sent to planningenquiries@londonlegacy.co.uk with the reference number stated.

    Planning Application Reference
    Location
    Proposal
    16/00585/NMA East Wick and Sweetwater, PDZ 4 and 5 Non material amendment to the definition of “expected infrastructure” contained in the LCS Outline Planning Permission (11/90621/OUTODA as varied by 14/00036/VAR) pursuant to Section 96a of TCPA 1990 as amended to allow commencement of Bridges H14 & H16 prior to the approval of a Zonal Masterplan for PDZ 4.
    16/00587/REM Bridge H14 – Monier Road Bridge (Vehicular Bridge) Application for the approval of reserved matters for Bridge H14 with associated works (for full proposal description please go to website).
    16/00588/REM Bridge H16 – Stour Road Bridge (Pedestrian Bridge)  Application for the approval of reserved matters for Bridge H16 with associated works (for full proposal description please go to website).
    16/00592/SCRES Bridges H14 & H16 Formal request for an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion in relation to Bridges H14 & H16.
    16/00593/AOD Olympic Planning Delivery Zones 4 And 5 Submission of details pursuant to condition LCS0.191 (North-South Highway Link) of the Legacy Communities Scheme (LCS) outline planning permission.
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