By Daniel Hunter

More than 17,000 jobs will be created in Canary Wharf after the Mayor of London Boris Johnson approved plans to create a new waterside community on its eastern edge.

The new development, on land formerly known as Wood Wharf, will transform a vast 13.6 hectare site that has been semi-derelict and underused for decades. In addition to new housing, including affordable housing options, the scheme will include a variety of business and retail units, hotel, leisure facilities, a new primary school and a doctor’s surgery.

There will also be up to 35,000sqm of retail floorspace, a community centre and a network of parks and public squares.

Developer Canary Wharf Group will also be contributing in excess of £60m towards Crossrail and an additional £27.5 million for other infrastructure needs. This will include over £10m for local transport improvements, some of which will be used to improve the nearby Preston’s Road roundabout.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “This vast development will transform a currently derelict brownfield site beyond all comprehension into a thriving new community with thousands of new homes and jobs. This is exactly the kind of scheme that we need to accommodate London’s booming population that is set to break through the nine million mark within the next decade.”

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canary Wharf Group said: “We are delighted to have secured the permission of the Mayor of London to proceed with the next phase of Canary Wharf. This new major district will reinforce Canary Wharf’s position into the future as one of the most exciting and vibrant places to live and work in London.

“The new phase of Canary Wharf will include up to 3,610 new homes, and 1.9m square feet of office buildings designed to accommodate the fast growing technology media and telecoms sector as well as financial and professional services firms. It will offer high street retail units to complement Canary Wharf’s existing retail offer, as well as affordable housing on site. It will also include substantial new green parks and dockside walks, a library, a large GP surgery, a school for 420 children, a community sports hall and community space.”

The centrepiece of the scheme will be a 57 storey cylindrical residential skyscraper facing the waters of South Dock, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architects behind the Tate Modern and the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium in Beijing.

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