Agenda item

Abbey Retail Park North, Abbey Road, Barking - 21/02087/VAR


The Principal Development Management Officer (PDMO), Be First Development Management Team, introduced a report on an application from Weston Homes at the former Abbey Retail Park, Abbey Road, Barking to vary approved drawings listed under Condition 2 and amends the wording of Conditions 22 (Air Quality), 24 (Car Parking), 25 (Cycle Parking), 26 (Energy & Sustainability) and 39 as attached to a planning consent 18/02013/FUL granted on 7 January 2020.


The amendments to the proposed ground floor arrangement of all blocks and the change of use to a number of non-residential units (currently approved as Use Classes A1/ A2/ A3/A4/ D1) to residential units (Use Class C3), similarly  relate to the planning permission 18/02013/FUL for the phased comprehensive redevelopment of the site via clearance of the remaining structures and the erection of new buildings ranging from 2 to 29-storeys in height to provide 1,089 residential dwellings comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats and associated private amenity space, 2,070 sqm flexible commercial floorspace (Use Classes A1/A2/A3/A4/D1), 1,071 sqm employment floorspace (Use Class B1(a), (c)), 637 sqm gymnasium (Use Class D2) and 470 sqm community facility (Use Class D1); together with ancillary management and residents facilities, plant rooms and refuse storage areas. Provision of new vehicular access points, car and cycle parking, a public realm with hard and soft landscaping including riverside walk, and other associated works.


The PDMO also outlined the various non-material planning applications which had been approved since the planning permission was granted as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.


In addition to internal and external consultations, a total of 835 notification letters were sent to neighbouring properties together with the requisite statutory press notice. No responses had been received.


There being no issues or questions raised by Members, the PDMO in concluded that the proposed development would result in changes to the original consent to the extent of a reduction in the non-residential floorspace, and an increase of 29 residential units. The percentage of 3 bed units would continue to be over 10%, in accordance with the original consent, and as a consequence the proposed development would continue to contribute towards local housing need, delivering a sustainable development, including the provision of 35% affordable housing on a habitable room basis with a tenure mix split in accordance with London Plan fast track route.


The proposed amendments had been assessed thoroughly by officers and were considered to be within the scope of the proposed Section 73 application, and would comply with the NPPF, London Plan, adopted development plan documents and Draft Local Plan (Regulation 19 submission version 2021).

All conditions and obligations imposed on the original planning permission (18/02013/FUL) would be brought forwards, with amendments as necessary.


The scope of the current application was not considered to generate a requirement for any new obligations or conditions, and therefore,


The Committee RESOLVED:


1.  To agree the reasons for approval as set out in this report,


2.  To delegate authority to the Head of Planning and Assurance in consultation with the Head of Legal Services to grant planning permission subject to the completion of a legal agreement under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) for the Deed of Variation based on the Heads of Terms identified at Appendix 7 and the Conditions listed in Appendix 6 of the report; and


3.  That, if by 25 October 2022 the legal agreement has not been completed, the Head of Planning and Assurance be delegated authority to refuse planning permission or extend this timeframe to grant approval.


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