Boris approves 28-storey Barking tower block despite council objections

The development for Wakering Road, Barking, has been given the go ahead

The development for Wakering Road, Barking, has been given the go ahead - Credit: Archant

Boris Johnson has granted developers planning permission to build a 28-storey block of flats in Barking town centre, overturning a decision by the council.

Trocoll House, which is just behind the train station in Wakering Road, will now be demolished to make way for 198 privately-rented homes.

Councillors narrowly refused the application at a Development Control Board meeting in October, but the Mayor of London got the final say after arguing that the plans play a key role in his London Plan.

His deputy Roger Evans officially granted permission at a public hearing at City Hall this afternoon.

Councillors had raised concerns about the lack of social housing – as it will be completely privately-rented – and the loss of lighting to nearby offices.

They also argued that the application was not of high enough quality and did not make adequate provision for child’s play and waste management.

Barking town centre was designated as one of the Mayor’s nine housing zones in February.

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