Developers Countryside and L&Q have submitted an amended planning application to the Greater London Authority to increase the number of homes built at its proposed Beam Park development on the Dagenham-Havering border.
This follows Havering Council's rejection of the project in March 2018, when it cited concerns that the development would have a negative impact on the area's character, with the height of the proposed buildings raised as a main obstacle; Barking and Dagenham Council had already approved the proposals.
The amended proposal has increased the homes from 2,900 by 104, taking the number of homes in the borough up to over 3,000 and the total on the estate to over 800 with at least 35% of the homes earmarked as 'affordable’'. One block will be increased from nine to 16 storeys to accommodate the updated plans.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan used his executive planning powers to take over the planning process for housing development on 8 May, with a hearing scheduled at City Hall on 28 September. A Havering Council spokesperson said that the authority will be sending representations to the mayor's office ahead of the Greater London Authority hearing.
In addition, the proposals include two schools to be built on the site of a former Ford car factory, which sits on the boundary between the two boroughs. A railway station is planned for the development as well as up to 5,272sq m of retail, healthcare, multi-faith worship space, leisure, community uses and management space.
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