Barking Riverside

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you aware of the unfavourable reviews that Bellway Homes has received from CABE in respect of developments or proposed developments at, for example, Harrison's Wharf (Purfleet, Essex) and Regency View (Tiverdale, West Midlands)? Can you offer your assurance that the proposed Barking Riverside development at Barking Reach - or any part thereof - will not receive your approval unless the design receives strong support from CABE? Are you are confident that the design work being done to date is helping to make this more likely?


Answer for Barking Riverside

Answer for Barking Riverside

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Barking Riverside application was submitted in outline; under current legislation, I am therefore unable formally to consider future proposals at Barking Riverside if they remain within the parameters approved with the outline permission. As a result, in my consideration of the Barking Riverside outline proposals, the inclusion of measures to ensure quality design during the lifetime of the development was paramount. My planning officers negotiated a series of design guidelines/codes at the outline planning stage, with which detailed applications will have to be in accordance. This is an established approach to outline masterplans, and is one supported by CABE. To further ensure design quality, the creation of a design panel, including officers from Design for London, was included within the legal agreement under the instruction of my planning officers. I am therefore confident that my design officers will have a continuing role.