Countryside and L&Q have received planning permission for Beam Park following a GLA hearing on Friday 28 September 2018.
Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills had called the application in to be determined within City Hall after the application was refused by the London Borough of Havering. The cross boundary application had previously been approved by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Deputy Mayor decided that the final say on the strategically significant site should be taken at a public hearing at City Hall.
Beam Park will deliver over 3,000 homes providing 50% affordable housing. This equates to 1,513 affordable homes, creating a mixed community with significant infrastructure investment. The development will provide a new railway station, framed by a high-quality public square, as well as a medical centre, which not only serves the new residents, but also up to 7,000 people in the surrounding area. In addition, two schools, retail spaces, a gym, nursery, community facilities, a multi-faith space, and two energy centres will also be delivered. The Beam Park station is located on the C2C line and will significantly enhance the area’s direct links into Central London.
At the hearing, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a large, very important site and these plans will deliver 3,000 much-needed new homes, along with transport, schools and community facilities to help make this a liveable and attractive new neighbourhood for this part of east London. Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given the overall importance of the application, I have decided to grant approval.”
Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director for Partnerships South, (East) Countryside, said:
“We are delighted to have received the green light for our hugely exciting plans at Beam Park. This project, in partnership with L&Q and supported by the Mayor of London, is an incredible opportunity to regenerate this part of the capital, and with 50% affordable housing, will make a huge contribution to meeting local housing needs.
“We were encouraged by the vast responses and co-operation of the local community during our consultation process, who were extremely supportive of our proposals. Beam Park is an essential component of the Mayor’s commitment to providing new homes for Londoners and we are proud to be playing a key role in delivering not just affordable homes but also vital infrastructure, which will play a vital role in ensuring the new Beam Park community is sustainable and cohesive for generations to come.”
Andy Rowland, Managing Director for East Region at L&Q, commented:
“This milestone brings Beam Park a step closer to reality. Housing supply is a serious concern for many Londoners, and with 50% affordable housing, Beam Park is helping to contribute to the solution. The land for the Beam Park redevelopment is one of the largest sites released by the Mayor of London and the GLA to provide new homes for Londoners.
“We are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with Countryside, the GLA, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the London Borough of Havering, to build quality homes in places where people want to live.”