EcoWorld, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Redevelopment of the southern part of the former retail park to provide 597 homes for private rent together with a resident’s lounge, lobby and gym, ground floor flexible commercial uses and an exhibition space

On behalf of EcoWorld (formerly known as be:here), Iceni Planning, together with Iceni Heritage, Transport and Engagement, were instructed to prepare and submit an application for 597 new homes for private rent in April 2015. The development comprised four inter-linked buildings of between 6 and 15 storeys in height, together with circa. 500 sq. m of flexible commercial floorspace.

Working closely with the appointed project team, Iceni undertook thorough pre-application discussions with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the GLA, Historic England, TfL and local stakeholders, to ensure the resulting planning application (which was submitted in November 2015), was determined promptly.

During the determination period, Iceni negotiated with the Greater London Authority in respect of affordable housing, highways matters, cycle parking and the London Plan housing standards. These matters would have proved restrictive to the applicants model for build to rent accommodation, however the negotiations were successfully completed well within the statutory 13-week determination period.

The application was heard by LBBD Planning Committee in April 2016 and planning permission approved in December 2016. Work has now commenced on-site, with the first homes available in 2020.

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