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Councillor claims Barking and Dagenham is viewed as a place where ‘anything goes’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 June 2018

Phil Waker is urging the council to be more choosy when approving buildings. Pic: LBBD

Phil Waker is urging the council to be more choosy when approving buildings. Pic: LBBD

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A councillor has claimed the borough was being viewed as a place where “anything goes” and they should be pushing for better buildings.

Councillor Phil Waker, who represents the Village ward, also urged Barking and Dagenham Council to be more selective when considering planning applications and to stop approving “rotten” blocks of flats.

He made the claims as he urged a planning committee last night to reject plans to demolish a bungalow in Goring Road, Dagenham, and build four flats in its place.

“Stop the rot,” he said.

“We are considered a brownfield, anything goes here. It’s no good saying ‘comparatively it’s not that bad’.

“You are entitled to keep the character [of a street].”

He added that similar conversions had “destroyed the character” of a neighbouring road.

But the applicant, Jamie Addis, said it was his intention to live in the converted bungalow and he was invested in maintaining the road’s character.

He said: “My parents live in the road. One of the properties is for me, one is for my son.

“We are not outside people coming in. We are doing it for our housing. It is not a horrible building. It is a plan for my family home and my son’s family home.”

The committee passed the plans with four votes for, one against and two abstentions.

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