Mayor of London to make final decision on Beam Park development plans next month
PUBLISHED: 20:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 09 August 2018
The Mayor of London will announce next month whether an ambitious housing development that stretches across two boroughs will come to fruition.
Sadiq Khan was called in after the plans for the Beam Park estate, which includes 2,900 new homes, was rejected by town hall bosses in Havering despite being approved by Barking and Dagenham Council.
The proposals for the site which spans from Dagenham to South Hornchurch also includes two new primary schools and nurseries, a number of new community spaces and a new Beam Park Station operated by c2c.
Since the news was announced in May that the Mayor has the final word and Havering has none the developers have increased the number of homes they wish to build in South Hornchurch by 104 - taking the number of homes in the borough up to 801 and the total on the estate to 3,000.
Councillors on Havering’s regulatory committee originally rejected the application over fears its proposed tower blocks would be “a carbuncle”.
The new proposals, which are set to be discussed by Havering Council’s strategic planning committee at a meeting on August 16, would increase the size of a number of tower blocks on the site, with one block rising from nine to 16 storeys.
On top of that, the area of land set aside for one school has been reduced, and an area that had been set aside to be a pharmacy has also been removed from the plan.
The large increase in the number of proposed dwellings would also lead to a further reduction in the availability of parking on the site, which would fall to 0.34 spaces per household – meaning there would be one space for every three homes.
These new plans were submitted directly to the Greater London Assembly on August 3. Havering Council has not yet been formally consulted on them.
Officers from Havering Council’s planning department are now going over the plans to see how they match up to its planning policies.
The date for the Mayor of London’s hearing at City Hall on the proposals, which objectors can attend, is September 28.
If the proposal is approved the work is not scheduled to be completed until 2030.
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