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Beam Park: Developers increase number of flats at proposed South Hornchurch estate after Havering Council loses planning powers

PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 08 August 2018

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development

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Developers behind the Beam Park estate in South Hornchurch have increased the number of homes proposed at the site to more than 3,000 – and Havering Council no longer has any say on the application’s future.

Plans for the development , which is a joint venture with neighbouring borough Barking and Dagenham, were rejected by Havering Council’s planning committee in April, but in early May it was announced that the Mayor of London’s office would be taking over planning decisions for the site.

The Mayor of London’s office is now due to make a final decision on the application at a hearing in September.

But since the news broke that Havering Council would have no say in the final planning decision, developers have increased the number of homes they wish to build in Havering by 104 - taking the total number of homes in the borough up to 801.

Councillors on Havering’s regulatory committee originally rejected the application – which would include two new primary schools and nurseries, a number of new community spaces and a new Beam Park Station, operated by C2C – over fears its proposed tower blocks would be “a carbuncle”.

The new proposals, which are set to be discussed by Havering Council’s strategic planning committee at a meeting on Thursday, August 16, would increase the size of a number of tower blocks on the site, with one block rising from nine to 16 storeys.

On top of that, the area of land set aside for one school has been reduced, and an area that had been set aside to be a pharmacy has also been removed from the plan.

The large increase in the number of proposed dwellings would also lead to a further reduction in the availabilty of parking on the site, which would fall to 0.34 spaces per household – meaning there would be one space for every three homes.

These new plans were submitted directly to the Greater London Assembly on August 3. Havering Council has not yet been formally consulted on them.

Officers from Havering Council’s planning department are now going over the plans to see how they match up to the borough’s planning policies.

In an online poll, Recorder readers were split with just over 54pc agreeing that Havering Council’s planning committee was right to reject the application back in April, but 46pc say the need for new homes is so great that the development should go ahead.

The date for the Mayor of London’s hearing at City Hall on the proposals, which objectors can attend, is September 28.

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