Barking police station plan stays behind bars

PUBLISHED: 16:02 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:06 15 September 2015

Barking police station in Ripple Road

Barking police station in Ripple Road


Councillors rejected plans to turn a former Barking police station into a 24-home and retail development last night.

Proposals had been submitted to the council for 14 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom flats, plus 153sq m of ground-floor commercial space at the Ripple Road site.

But members rejected the proposals from AWW Architects – and the recommendations of their own planning officers – at the development control board meeting at Barking Town Hall.

The applicants had hoped to convert the redbrick three storey station, retaining the original frontage of the building, and demolish some of the rear outbuildings to make way for an additional five storey building.

Paul Upward, a director of Warborough Investments Limited, which owns the adjoining site in Ripple Road, objected to the design of the plans, instead putting forward their own scheme for a residential-led mixed use.

“The planning procedure shouldn’t be a race,” he said.

“Both plans should be considered cohesively and in conjunction.”

But the plans were rejected with consultants Historic England warning against altering the building too much

“People don’t come to Barking to see old buildings which means the ones we do have should be held on to,” said Cllr Bill Turner, cabinet member for children’s services and social care, who successfully put forward a motion to reject the plans.

“We should be a lot more loathe to knock it down.”

The plans for the amenity space also failed to meet council policies, something which Cllr Phil Waker was keen to point out.

“We have these guidelines in this place for a reason and I would like to see more done to meet these,” he said.

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