Beam Park: Mayor of London’s office set to approve plans for new 3,000 home development in Rainham and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 September 2018

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development


London’s deputy mayor for housing is set to approve plans for a 3,000-home cross boundary development in Rainham and Dagenham – despite Havering Council initially rejecting the scheme over the height of proposed tower blocks.

CGI of the proposed Beam Park developmentCGI of the proposed Beam Park development

Plans for the Beam Park development, which is a joint venture between Havering and Barking and Dagenham, were rejected by Havering Council’s planning committee in April.

In early May it was announced that the Mayor of London’s office would be taking over planning decisions for the site.

The final planning decision will be announced at a public meeting at City Hall on Friday (September 28), but planning officers from the Mayor of London’s office have advised the deputy mayor to approve the application.

However, the revised scheme includes 50pc affordable housing – an improvement on the 35pc suggested when the scheme was first put forward in late 2015.

There are also spaces put aside for two three-form primary schools, a nursery, a multi-faith worship space, leisure and health centres and a new railway station which would join the current c2c line running through Rainham and Dagenham Dock.

Havering Independent Residents Group councillors David Durant and Graham Williamson are the only two objectors currently listed to speak at the meeting.

Cllr Williamson sat on the planning committee which initially refused the proposal, citing fears the development’s high tower blocks could become “a carbuncle”.

Havering Council’s planning manager Simon Thelwell and Barking and Dagenham Council’s principal development management officer Nelupa Malik are also due to speak.

Since the planning application was thrown out by Havering’s planning committee in April, the number of homes at the site has increased, as had the proposed height of seven of the planned blocks.

Both councils initially consulted residents on the scheme.

Barking and Dagenham Council received no objections, while Havering received 35 objections and one comment in support of the proposals.

Havering residents’ chief objections were overdevelopment of the area, inadequate green space, traffic congestion, an influx of people from outside the borough and that the buildings would be too high.

The Greater London Authority then held a 22-day consultation on its finalised plans for the development and received eight objections – two of these were from Havering councillors and one from the council itself, which objected to design changes within the proposal since the GLA took over planning powers.

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