London council rejects 28-storey tower against officers' advice

An east London borough has rejected plans for a 28-storey residential tower, overruling an officers' recommendation to approve the development.

Barking Station with Trocoll house (right) [pic diamond geezer via Flickr]
Barking Station with Trocoll house (right) [pic diamond geezer via Flickr]

Developer Copland Estates had applied to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for permission to redevelop a car park site next tyo Barking rail station with a residential tower block and convert the upper floors of an existing building, Trocoll House, from office use to residential, with new commercial space at ground floor level.

A planning report submitted to the council’s development control board said the scheme should be approved.

The report recorded objections to the development based on the scale of the building, loss of town centre parking facilities, impact on sunlight and daylight to the station and an adjoining property, impact on heritage assets, car parking demand from the development, increased traffic generation and ian ncrease in noise and disturbance.

But it added that officers did "not consider that the objections amount to a reason for refusal".

The report also said that the mix and tenure of the development "is in keeping with the council’s housing strategy for the town centre, the aim of which is to support a widening of the town centre’s retail and leisure offer and in particular help support the evening economy, which is little developed".

But the committee went on to reject the scheme. The council was unable to provide its reasons for refusal at time of publication.

A spokesman for Copland Estates said the company is "looking at our options".

The application will now be considered by the Greater London Authority to consider whether it should be called in by the mayor of London. 

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