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Plans for 2,900-home Beam Park development called in by City Hall after Havering Council denies planning permission

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 08 May 2018

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development

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The Mayor of London's office has revealed it is calling in plans for a huge 2,900 home development in South Hornchurch that was denied planning permission by Havering Council last month.

On April 5, Havering Council’s planning committee threw out plans for the Beam Park development in the south of the borough over concerns about the height of proposed apartment blocks.

But now, City Hall has revealed it will be making the final ruling on any planning decisions for the site – which is being developed across the border of both Havering and Barking and Dagenham, which had previously granted its side of the building works planning permission.

Today (May 5), London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, Jules Pipe, announced he was intervening to take over the scheme on the site of the former Ford Assembly Plant.

London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a large, very important site and the application to develop it includes nearly 3,000 homes along with a range of other uses.

“Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given its importance, I have decided to call in this application so it can be subjected to further scrutiny.”

Councillors on Havering’s regulatory committee 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 potential development sits in the London Riverside Opportunity Area, which City Hall has identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 26,500 new homes and 16,000 new jobs.

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, but 46pc saying the need for new homes is so great that the development should go ahead.

The Deputy Mayor will now consider the application at a public hearing at City Hall later in the year.

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