Editor’s comment: Mayor should say yes to new homes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 May 2018

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development. Picture: MPC

CGI of the proposed Beam Park development. Picture: MPC


I’m sure you’ll be in universal agreement with me that we need to build more homes.

Never before has there been a greater need for good quality affordable housing which is in the reach of low income families (ie those living on the London living wage).

With this in mind I can totally understand why Barking and Dagenham Council gave the green light to the Beam Park development in Rainham which will deliver 2,900 well-needed homes.

At least half of the homes will be affordable and while it will in no way put an end to the housing crisis in the borough, it will offer a roof over the heads of hundreds of families.

But the development also covers part of neighbouring Havering and councillors there aren’t as happy with the plans.

They are so unhappy that it was rejected over concerns about the height of some of the buildings proposed for the development.

This now means Sadiq Khan, London mayor, has the final say.

I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes because if he says yes then he could be accused of backing his political colleagues in the borough, but if he says no he faces being slammed for not tackling the housing crisis despite pledging to do so.

In an ideal world where commonsense prevails he will say yes to the plans but with possibly a few less homes so buildings don’t have to be so tall.

One couple that don’t have to worry about whether they can afford a home will be getting married on Saturday. I really do wish Harry and Meghan future happiness.

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