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Appeal: Non-industrial use allowed for ‘Riverside Opportunity Area’


An inspector has allowed the change of use of part of an existing warehouse at Creekmouth in Barking to banqueting facilities and storage, despite the area being allocated as employment land within a Strategic Industrial Location (SIL) in the London Plan.

Inspector Jonathan Parsons noted that despite the land technically being safeguarded for employment purposes, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council had not sought to object to the proposal on these grounds. This was because the site also lies within the area covered by the London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF), which envisages the creation of residential communities and........
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