Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Monday, 17 July 2023 7:00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Barking

Contact: John Dawe, Senior Governance Officer 


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Declaration of Members' Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Members are asked to declare any interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes (22 May 2023) pdf icon PDF 63 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2023 were confirmed as correct.


13-15A Thames Road, Barking - 22/02211/FULL pdf icon PDF 99 KB

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The Principal Development Management Officer (PDMO), Be First Development Management Team, introduced a report and presentation on an application from Zenith Land for the demolition of existing buildings (flexible Use Classes E(g), B2, and/or B8) and residential homes (Use Class C3), together with associated landscaping, play space, access, car and cycle parking and other associated and ancillary works at 13-15a Thames Road, Barking. The Planning Officer also referenced a supplementary report which included clarification/corrections to the published report.


In addition to internal and external consultations, a total of 428 notification letters were sent to neighbouring properties, in respect of which no objections were received.


Whilst the development was supported, a general comment was made about public concerns as to the principle of a mixed-use development in this area, and it was hoped that subject to approval this evening the build would be completed in a timely fashion according to planning consents to allay any perceived concerns. The number of affordable rent properties being achieved was also welcomed as was the thermal comfort analysis referenced in the report, given the climate issues that were currently being experienced across Europe. Finally, assurances were sought and received that the additional funding being set aside for the Ripple Greenway and public parks would be subject to consultation with ward councillors in both Thames View and Barking Riverside.


Summing up the PDMO concluded that the proposed change of use would allow for a mixed-use residential-led development. The proposal included 245 new and additional residential units in a range of different tenure and size together with 2,714 sqm GIA of new internal industrial floorspace .


As it stood whilst the development would be a departure from the adopted Local Plan, the Council was in the process of preparing its draft Local Plan 2037 which had an ambitious and forward-looking vision for the borough and which sets out how the housing, economic and social targets will be met. The draft Local Plan 2037 and the Thames Road Masterplan (albeit unadopted) guides the transformation of  strategic industrial land into a new community offering high quality housing addressing the local need and annual housing targets.


The proposal included de-designation of parts of RREA through release of industrial land and intensification the lost employment capacity elsewhere within the designated area. The proposed development was in line with the emerging development plan (including the adopted London Plan). In light of this, the principle of development was supported in land use terms. The proposed development would positively contribute towards housing numbers, and it would, on balance, provide an appropriate dwelling mix, tenure split, accessible housing, and play space. Whilst the level of the affordable housing was below the policy level, the under delivery was regarded as acceptable, given that the scheme would contribute to the provision of needed social infrastructure. The contributions would be secured by a s106 legal agreement. The siting, scale, massing, and height of the development was considered appropriate to the site’s context and would result in a high-quality  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Oxlow Bridge SEND School, Wantz Road, Dagenham - 23/ 00631/FULL pdf icon PDF 540 KB

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The Development Management Officer (DMO), Be First Development Management Team, introduced a report and presentation on an application from the Department of Education for the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a part single store, part two storey special education needs (SEND) school, together with associated access, parking and landscape works.


In addition to internal and external consultations and site and press notices, a total of 134 notification letters were sent to neighbouring properties, in respect of which one representation was received, the material considerations of which were addressed comprehensively in the planning assessment set out in the report.


In response to the officer presentation Members asked whether it was considered that there was sufficient outdoor facilities/green space for pupils on the site?


Andy Carr, Head of Service representing the Council’s Education service responded that most of the children who would attend the school would not use the outdoor space per say, given their challenging and complex needs.


The DMO summarised that in accordance with the draft Local Plan the site had been designated a Local Significant Industrial Location (LSIS) with allocation for educational use with the release of the land undertaken in a plan-led manner. In addition, the evidence presented had demonstrated a need for a new SEND school in the Borough.


The proposal would generate employment of up to 129 staff. Whilst the development was not an industrial use it would contribute to enhancing and providing new employment opportunities within the borough whilst addressing an important identified local need.


The development would have an acceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area, neighbouring amenity, the highway, providing a state-of-the-art new facility. The proposal had been designed to minimise the risk of crime and ensure noise sensitive receptors were positioned away from the surrounding industrial sites and the highway.


The proposed design and layout of the building was regarded as compatible in this location and care had been taken to ensure noise impacts from existing  activities were mitigated. A significant uplift in the number of trees, planting and greening of the site would enhance its visual appearance, act as a buffer and screening between neighbouring sites, as well as encourage biodiversity enhancements.


The development whilst designed to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport; would make sufficient provision for car parking, cycle parking and school pick up and drop off. Measures would be put in place to ensure that access and egress into and out of the site was safe, and a road safety contribution had been sought to go towards reducing the speed on Wantz Road to improve the safety of the highway immediately outside, and ensure safe pedestrian, driving and cycling to and from the site.


The development was also highly sustainable, offering substantial carbon reductions, air quality neutral development and enhancements to the natural environment on site. All existing land contamination would be cleaned up with the site prepared appropriately for this use. An adequate sustainable drainage strategy had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.