Planning appeal to build over former Dagenham convent dismissed by government

The Sacred Heart Convent in Goresbrook Road

The Sacred Heart Convent in Goresbrook Road - Credit: Archant

A planning appeal that could have seen the demolition of a pretty neo-Georgian former convent in Dagenham has been dismissed by the government.

The appeal was lodged against Barking and Dagenham Council by developers, the Croudace Partnerships, after planning permission was denied at the site of the Sacred Heart Convent in Goresbrook Road, Dagenham.

The building dates back to early 1930s and holds a significant heritage value for the community and according to the Planning Inspectorate “stands out because of its appearance.”

Council leader Cllr Liam Smith said: “This is a welcome decision and we are extremely proud of the work that has gone into safeguarding this local landmark.

“I want to thank local residents, organisations and politicians who joined in the campaign to safeguard and protect buildings of significant historical value.

“Too many of our important buildings have been lost or have ended up being redeveloped and as a council we owe it to residents to protect our history and heritage for future generations.

“I want to work with local residents, English Heritage and other community groups to protect our heritage and to ensure that our buildings and the history is preserved.”

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The building had originally been saved from the bulldozers last October following a petition by local residents.