Boris Johnson yesterday approved planning proposals for major developments at Canary Wharf including 5m sq ft of offices, a new Crossrail station and a 37-storey hotel.

The Mayor of London approved the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf, which will incorporate the DLR and Underground services already serving the financial district.

Wood Wharf with is being developed by Ballymore, Canary Wharf Group and British Waterways, was approved. The scheme will deliver the offices across six buildings as well as 1,700 apartments.

Canary Wharf Group’s 150-room hotel, dubbed Newfoundland, was also granted consent. The development will also provide shops, restaurants and learning training facilities.

‘I am determined to do everything I can to minimise the impact of the economic downturn and ensure that I use my powers to support the development sector in particular,’ said Johnson. ‘We cannot stop building in our city and just as we will forge ahead with our huge house building programme, we must ensure the development process for all construction projects is as smooth and speedy as possible.

‘Once Crossrail arrives in Canary Wharf it will act as the catalyst for the construction of more offices and the other facilities including new shops and more hotels, creating lasting jobs over the coming decades.’