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City Hall gives nod to plan for 3,000 East London homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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London's deputy mayor for planning has approved a £1 billion development in the London Riverside Opportunity Area comprising 3,000 homes, 50 per cent of which have been designated as affordable. 

The application, which will see the redevelopment of the Greater London Authority-owned former Ford assembly site at Beam Park in South Dagenham, also includes a new rail station on the C2C line, two primary schools, a nursery, community facilities, and retail and open space. 

The development is expected to support 195 new jobs.

Discussions between City Hall and developers L&Q and Countryside led to an increased in the proportion of affordable homes from 35 per cent to 50 per cent, says a statement from the mayor’s office.

The 29-hectare site stretches across two boroughs – Barking and Dagenham Council and Havering Council. The former approved the development, but Havering Council rejected the application on the grounds that the proposed height of the buildings would harm the character of the area. 

Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, said: “This is a large, very important site and these plans will deliver 3,000 much-needed new homes, along with transport, schools and community facilities to help make this a liveable and attractive new neighbourhood for this part of East London.

Robert Wilkinson, managing director for Partnerships South, (East) Countryside, said: “We were encouraged by the vast responses and cooperation of the local community during our consultation process, who were extremely supportive of our proposals. Beam Park is an essential component of the mayor’s commitment to providing new homes for Londoners and we are proud to be playing a key role in delivering not just affordable homes but also vital infrastructure, which will play a vital role in ensuring the new Beam Park community is sustainable and cohesive for generations to come.”

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