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Beam Park approved after call-in

by Natalie Vincent Mon 1st October 2018, 10:55 am

A 3,000-home development in east London has been approved by City Hall.

London's deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, Jules Pipe, approved the redevelopment of the former Ford assembly plant at Beam Park in South Dagenham on Friday 28 September.

With 50% of the homes earmarked as affordable, the plan includes placemaking for the area with a new rail station, two primary schools, a nursery, community facilities, retail and open spaces, as well as the new homes. Up to 195 jobs would be supported by the development.

Following negotiations between City Hall and developers L&Q and Countryside, the proportion of affordable homes secured on the site was raised from 35% to 50%.

Pipe said: "Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given the overall importance of the application, I have decided to grant approval. 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."

The development sits within the London Riverside Opportunity Area, which could potentially deliver at least 26,500 homes and 16,000 jobs.

He added: "The wider area around Beam Park has the potential to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs, and could play a crucial role in London's economy in the decades to come."

Damian White, leader of Havering Council, responded to the decision: "This is yet another example of how the mayor [of London]'s one-size-fits-all approach to regeneration fails to recognise the different needs and requirements of communities in Havering and many other outer London boroughs.

“Our three joint ventures along with other projects are helping the council to deliver the right kind of homes for Havering people, whereas the mayor continues to force through inappropriately high developments which are in direct breach of the council's local planning blueprint. This decision, driven by the Greater London Authority's unrealistic housing targets, goes against the council's promise to develop thriving communities that protect the character and heritage of Havering."

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