The Principal Development Management Officer (PDMO), Be First Development Management Team, introduced a report on an application from Dagenham New Home Ltd seeking a planning permission at 50-52 New Road and part of the Premier Inn Car Park at 2 New Road, Dagenham for the erection of part 9 storey and 5 storey building to comprise 149 residential units, pedestrian walkway, undercroft car park (replacement for the hotel), cycle parking, amenity space and ancillary works.
Following the publication of the agenda a supplementary report was circulated as referred to by the PDMO in their presentation clarifying one of the proposed conditions in the interests of visual amenity. It was noted that this had no material bearing on the assessment of the application or the recommendations set out in the published report.
In addition to internal and external consultations, a total of 1322 notification letters were sent to neighbouring properties together with the requisite statutory press notice. One response was received.
The officer assessment of the application was that the redevelopment of the site to provide a residential led development was acceptable in principle and would contribute to the Borough’s housing stock through the provision of 149 high quality units compliant with relevant standards. The proposal would comprise 53% affordable units on a habitable room basis which was considered to meet an identified need in the Borough.
The scale, siting and design of the development was considered appropriate to the site’s context and would result in a high-quality finish, whilst respecting the amenity of existing and future neighbouring occupiers. The proposed landscaping strategy would positively contribute to the appearance and public realm in the area and enhance the biodiversity and environmental value of the site.
In welcoming the level of affordable housing secured on the site, the Committee RESOLVED to:
1. Agree the reasons for approval as set out in both the report and supplementary report,
2. Delegate authority to the Director of Inclusive Growth (or authorised Officer), in consultation with the Head of Legal Services, to grant planning permission subject to the completion of a legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) based on the Heads of Terms identified at Appendix 6 and the Conditions listed in Appendix 5 of the report, and
3. That, if by 14 August 2022 the legal agreement has not been completed, the Director of Inclusive Growth (or other authorised Officer), in consultation with the Head of Legal Services, be delegated authority to refuse planning permission, extend this timeframe to grant approval or refer the application back to the Planning Committee for determination.