The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has appointed Richard Seaward to the new post of development management officer to tackle a huge upswing in applications of all types.
Development management manager Dave Mansfield told Planning: “Application numbers are hugely up on last year, by around a third.
“They are across the board but we are seeing lot of residential applications. The improving economy is making a difference.
“Some people who have been sitting on land for a while now think their projects are viable and are bringing them forward.
“There are massive opportunities especially to the south of the borough, with a fair amount of old Ford and Greater London Authority land, to create a new heart for Dagenham.”
Mansfield said the borough was the crux of the Thames Gateway with some of the most significant regeneration opportunities in the whole of the capital.
“The council’s vision is encouraging growth and unlocking the potential of Barking and Dagenham. Critical to this is the delivery of new homes, new centres for learning, leisure facilities and jobs.”
He pointed to recent examples such as the William Street Quarter, Barking Town Square and Barking Riverside developments.
The latter is a new neighbourhood being created alongside 2km of Thames river front with a high proportion of larger homes for families, healthcare, shopping, leisure and transport facilities,
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