Coach parking to be lost at ExCel?

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The London Tourist Coach Operators Association told CBW it will be making representations to both Transport for London and the London Borough of Newham to ensure that any planning permission will include the provision of adequate replacement for coach set down, pick up and parking facilities. GARETH EVANS

As developers confirm plans, LTCOA vows to make representations for coach provision

Coach parking at the ExCel in East London could be under threat after it emerged plans are afoot to build homes on the site of the current facility for the popular exhibition venue.

According to the area’s local newspaper, the Newham Recorder, the development, which will be subject to gaining planning permission before it can be built, is part of a wider regeneration of the Royal Docks area. A 295-home development on the former Royal Docks service station on North Woolwich Road was approved by the council’s strategic development committee last month.

News of the plan was confirmed on ExCel’s website. Headed ‘New mixed-use scheme on existing multi-storey car and coach park site,’ the statement read: “Mount Anvil and London International Exhibition Centre (LIEC), part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, have formed a joint venture partnership to deliver up to 1,000 new homes on the ExCeL estate, adjacent to Mount Anvil’s recently launched Royal Docks West development. The scheme will create a vibrant new place to live, work and relax, delivering new homes together with commercial and retail facilities and community-engaging public spaces. Royal Docks West was granted planning permission at the end of February 2017 for 105 homes, including 26 affordable homes for local key workers, high quality amenity space for residents and commercial space.”

Killian Hurley, Chief Executive at Mount Anvil, said: “Mount Anvil is delighted to have formed this joint venture partnership with LIEC, and believes that by working together, a high-quality legacy development can be delivered. We are developing a compelling design, which we will continue to evolve in partnership with LIEC, London Borough of Newham and the GLA, and stakeholders in this area.”

Phil Dowson, Chief Financial Officer at ExCeL, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Mount Anvil to deliver this exciting project, given the company’s reputation for working collaboratively and strong track record for creating design-led schemes that leave a lasting legacy and will benefit London now and in years to come.”

Reacting to the news, Peter Bradley, London Tourist Coach Operators Association’s Director of Administration and Development, told CBW: “We will be making representations to both Transport for London and the London Borough of Newham to ensure that any planning permission granted will have adequate replacement for coach set down, pickup and parking facilities.”