City Hall invites applications for 2,900-home scheme in East London

WCN Editorial Team 11 May 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The London Mayor’s office has invited plans for a 2,900 home development on the site of the former Ford Assembly Plant in South Dagenham in East London after Havering Council rejected the plans in April 2018.

Havering councillors rejected the plans due to concerns about the proposed tower blocks of up to nine storeys.

Deputy Mayor for planning, regeneration and skills Jules Pipe has invited planning applications.

Developer Countryside Properties and London & Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) expect to build a new neighbourhood on the site.

Both companies were chosen in January 2016 by the then-Mayor Boris Johnson to take forward the regeneration of Beam Park.

The Beam Park scheme includes 50% affordable homes, a new rail station on the C2C line, and schools and community facilities on the 29-hectare site that sits alongside the River Beam.

Beam Park site straddles the border of two boroughs. Even though Barking and Dagenham Council approved the development, Havering Council refused permission saying that it would harm the character of the local area due to the height of the buildings.

The proposed development will be located in the London Riverside Opportunity Area, which has been identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 26,500 new homes and provide 16,000 new jobs.

The Mayor secured the level of affordable housing after negotiations between City Hall and the developers.

The Deputy Mayor said: “This is a large, very important site and the application to develop it includes nearly 3,000 homes along with a range of other uses.

“Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given its importance, I have decided to call in this application so it can be subjected to further scrutiny.”

So far, most of the schemes called in by the Mayor have been approved by City Hall, often after increasing the proportion of affordable homes.

The Deputy Mayor will consider the application at a public hearing at City Hall later in 2018.

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