Ongoing Engagement

We’re committed to maintaining local involvement in the long term, to ensure that our work and presence benefits the existing and future community. This includes engagement on future Reserved Matters Planning Applications, as well as ensuring that local input continues to inform what we do so that the Masterplan delivers social, economic and health benefits.

About Reserved Matters Applications

Ongoing Engagement

Southwark Council granted planning permission for the Canada Water Masterplan in May 2020, following over four years of local consultation and engagement, which directly informed the plans. We remain just as committed to working with the local community going forward to ensure that local input continues to shape the Masterplan. This includes engagement on future Reserved Matters Applications (‘RMAs’ – more information below), as well as ensuring that local input continues to inform what we do so that the Masterplan delivers social, economic and health benefits.

We will also continue to engage and meet with local stakeholders, neighbours of the site and residents as the Masterplan is built out, including attending community events and local meetings.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with us then please get in touch. Our aim is to ensure that we meet the expectations of people contacting us and that we treat everyone in the same way. Our Local Communications Commitment sets out how we respond to correspondence we receive, including timescales for response.

Further details on our current planning applications can be found below or click here to view each.

Reserved Matters Applications

The Canada Water Masterplan planning permission includes detailed permission for the first detailed plots (known as A1, A2, K1 and the Interim Petrol Filling Station –  the locations of which can be found on the map here). Now that planning permission has been granted, British Land has started the process of discharging the planning conditions and Section 106 obligations in order to enable the building of plots with detailed planning approval. This will allow work to begin on the first detailed plots. More information on the planning application can be found here

The rest of the Masterplan was submitted in outline. This establishes the parameters within which future buildings and spaces can come forward, such as the maximum building height and use. Going forward we will prepare what are known as “Reserved Matters Applications” (or “RMAs”) for each of the other plots in the Masterplan, which will be submitted to Southwark Council for approval. RMAs will set out the detailed design for the remaining parts of the Masterplan site, including the proposed appearance, layout and scale of the buildings and areas coming forward. There will be further engagement on each RMA as it comes forward, and these will include key public spaces such as the new park and Canada Water Dock.

Reserved Matters Applications for The Park and Pavilion

British Land is bringing forward plans to create a new 3.5-acre Park, as part of the Canada Water Masterplan.

The park will be located in the east of the Canada Water Masterplan area, to the south of the Printworks building that is currently occupied by its car park. It will form part of a “Green Link”, a new route running through the Masterplan with lots of planting, trees, flowers and greenery that will link Southwark Park and Russia Dock Woodland to help bring local residents closer to nature and wildlife.

As part of a collaborative process, the evolving designs for the new park are being shaped through multiple feedback sessions we have held with local people, ecology groups, charities, and other organisations. The plans include play spaces for children and young adults, planting and gardens that support biodiversity and ecology, and a park pavilion/café with a rooftop terrace. By meeting with these groups at an early stage in the design process we are seeking to develop designs in a way that reflects their specific feedback and respond to their needs and aspirations. 

Due to the hot weather, we were forced to cancel a public topic session on Tuesday 19 July. However, to ensure we were still able to engage with local people and incorporate feedback at an early stage of the design process, we hosted a drop-in session at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on Thursday 28 July, and shared these at our stand during the Rotherhithe Festival on Saturday 9 July. 

You can view the presentation slides for The Park that would have been presented at the Topic Session here.

We are still at the early stages of the designs for the park and public feedback to date will be taken into account as the detailed designs are developed. We then plan to consult on detailed designs in the autumn once they are developed, ahead of submitting reserved matters application. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team. 

Reserved Matters Application for Zone G

British Land is bringing forward plans for Zone G of the Canada Water Masterplan. 

Zone G is located across a portion of Surrey Quays Leisure Park, comprising the Odeon Cinema, Buzz Bingo, Pizza Hut, Frankie and Benny’s, affordable workspace Thrive, operated by Tree Shepherd, and some car parking spaces, and is part of the Canada Water Masterplan. Community consultation on the Masterplan that took place between 2014 and 2018 directly informed the outline plans, that were granted planning permission in 2020.  

We have now shared the detailed designs for Zone G. They conform with the outline planning permission and would be a mixed-use development providing a brand-new Tesco Extra supermarket and new shops with a below ground car park, provide around 420 homes, 30% of which will be social rent homes, with an additional 34% as intermediate affordable, as well as new green spaces for the building’s residents to use. We are sharing them ahead of submitting a Reserved Matters Planning Application to Southwark Council for approval.  

The plans are being brought forward by British Land and build on the outline plans included in the Canada Water Masterplan hybrid planning application, which was approved by Southwark Council in 2020.

The virtual exhibition on the proposals ran between 15 – 29 May, supported by two in-person events at the former Time & Talents 2 unit, opposite Tesco in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on 19 and 21 May. You can still access the virtual exhibition via the portal at

More information can also be found in Section 7.9 of our FAQs.

If you have any questions, or would like to request printed copies of the exhibition materials, please get in touch with the team.