Members of design panel announced

Tue 23 July 2019, 9:40 am

A team made up of architects, environmental experts and town planners has been appointed to a new design panel in Barking and Dagenham, as the borough emerges as one of the capitalís top growth spots.

The Barking and Dagenham Quality Review Panel will include 25 members acting as “critical friends” and design champions - as an estimated 50,000 new homes are expected to be delivered in the borough over the next 20 years.

The panel has been appointed by Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company Be First, and will act independently to planners and developers ensuring high standards of design across the borough’s major new developments and emerging masterplans.

Caroline Harper, chief planner at Be First, said: “We’re determined to deliver the highest possible standards of design in every new development and, at the same time, we want to retain and promote the distinctiveness and architectural character of the borough.

“So, I am delighted to announce the appointment of this talented and vastly experienced group of experts who will help us make sure development works for local residents.”

The first meeting of the Quality Review Panel included a visit to the Gascoigne Estate, where panel members examined the latest plans for the western side of the estate.

Neil Deely, the panel’s newly appointed chair, said: “It couldn’t be a more exciting time to work in Barking and Dagenham as their ambition as a borough is awe-inspiring. I’m fully committed to making sure that as a panel, we deliver top quality, sustainable developments that encourage thriving communities.”

The panel members will ensure new developments reflect and build upon existing physical, social and cultural assets, especially the borough’s rich and diverse architectural heritage.

Deborah Denner, director of Frame Projects that was commissioned to select and support the panel, said: “From the town centre to the Thames riverside, there are plenty of examples of successful regeneration projects, creating a high quality of life for local people.

“These schemes help set a high bar for development in the area, and the panel’s role is to help ensure new proposals meet a similarly high standard.”

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