Call for sites for the Barking and Dagenham Local Plan

Be First has issued a public ‘call for sites’ to anyone wishing to develop land in the borough.

The Council’s regeneration company has written to over 1,000 landowners, businesses and agents to ask them to suggest sites that may be suitable for new housing or other development so that they may be considered for inclusion in the Local Plan.

The Local Plan is a legal document that provides a framework for local councillors to make decisions about planning matters.

Caroline Harper, Chief Planner at Be First, explains: “Put very crudely, it may be easier to get planning permission to develop a site in a particular way if this reflects its designation within the Local Plan.  If development does not reflect its designation, it will be much harder to secure planning permission. So, this call for sites is very important for anyone who wants to build on their land, or who knows of a site that could be developed.”

Be First is reviewing the Local Plan on behalf of the council, and the closing date for submission of sites is 17 May 2019.  The council expects to publish the Local Plan for public consultation by the end of the year.

Submission of a site through the call for sites exercise does not guarantee that the requested designation will be given, but all proposed sites will be considered and assessed as part of the preparation of the new Local Plan.

A submission form is available online here, or can be downloaded from the council’s website.

Be First appoints McLaren Construction for Barking town centre scheme

Pioneering urban development company, Be First, has today confirmed the appointment of McLaren Construction to build a flagship project at the heart of Barking Town Centre (24 April 2019).

The contract award, at an undisclosed value, is for the construction of 169 affordable and shared ownership homes on a former local authority car park at Linton Road, just metres from Barking station.

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, said: “The contract forms a vital part of our plans to build affordable homes and rejuvenate a neglected part of Barking town centre.

“It’s a huge project, so we are delighted to have the expertise and know-how that McLaren Construction brings to help us deliver it.”

Darren Gill, Managing Director – London at McLaren Construction, said: “We’re delighted to secure this important project following our appointment on the Be First framework. We recognise that the Crown House development is an important step in regenerating this part of the Barking Town Centre and are looking forward to delivering it.”

McLaren Construction was among the seven companies recently selected to join Be First’s £1billion construction frameworks.

The Linton Road development forms the first of a two-part scheme which will also see a separate contract for the demolition of Crown House, a dated 1960’s office block, in favour of new flats rising to 29 storeys.

The planning application for the Linton Road-Crown House development was approved in March 2019 and is currently being considered by the Mayor of London.

Work is expected to begin early in the new year, with an expected completion date of 2022.