London’s deputy mayor for planning, Jules Pipe, has called in proposals for 2,900 homes in East London. This comes after the Havering planning committee refused the application against the officers’ recommendation of approval on the ground of harm to local character due to the height of the proposed buildings.

The plan straddles the boundaries of both the Barking and Dagenham and Havering London Boroughs and subsequently separate applications had to be considered by both authorities. Barking and Dagenham also agreed with the recommendation of approval.

Deputy Mayor, Pipe said “This is a large, very important site and the application to develop it includes nearly 3,000 homes along with a range of other uses. Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given its importance, I have decided to call in this application so it can be subjected to further scrutiny”.