Residents consulted on future development

Mon 16 December 2019, 12:08 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council is seeking the views of residents on the future shape of development in the borough over the next 15 years.

A consultation is underway on key questions facing the area, with the council publishing its draft local plan which outlines future expected growth areas and what type of new buildings and projects could be allowed.

The council is urging as many residents as possible to look at the plan and offer their opinions, helping to decide what plans from investors, developers and builders will be permissible.

Caroline Harper, chief planner at Be First, the council’s regeneration arm, said: “The council is obliged to plan to accommodate growth and our ambition is to do this in a way that will benefit local residents.

“We want to be sure the right sort of housing is available for our young people.  And we want to attract new businesses that will generate good jobs for local people. The Local Plan guides those who want to invest in our community to deliver what the community has said it wants between now and 2034.”

The plan is available online and in paper copy at Barking Town Hall as well as in the borough’s libraries. The consultation runs until February 29 next year, and is the first stage of a wider public consultation on growth and regeneration in the borough.

In the New Year the council will consult Barking and Dagenham residents on how they see their local neighbourhoods changing, and the strategy it should adopt on growth and regeneration.

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