Plans to build 28-storey Barking tower block rejected

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Plans to build a 28-storey block of flats in Barking town centre have been narrowly rejected by councillors.

The proposals would have provided 198 privately-rented homes, just behind Barking train station on Trocoll House and adjoining car park in Wakering Road.

Flexible commercial space would also have been provided in the multi-million pound development.

After questions were raised about the lack of social housing – it would have been completely privately-rented – and the loss of lighting to nearby offices, the plans were overturned by five votes to four at a development control board meeting on Monday night.

But Cllr Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s remarkable to have an application of this size going on in a town centre and to see so few objections.

“This would not be like the one in Ilford [Pioneer Point] which sticks out like a sore thumb.”

Cllr Geddes also claimed the lack of social housing was not a concern, because that was not the building’s intended use.

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“This will be for people who will benefit the borough,” he added. “These are the people we are trying to attract.”

Paul Scott, 39, of nearby Sandhurst Drive, was one of three objectors and was pleased to see the plans opposed.

“Personally I think it would have looked totally out of place,” he said.