Plans to build around 900 new homes in Barking have been approved by the local planning authority.
Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead on 16 January to redevelop Vicarage Field shopping centre.
The project also includes a 150-bed hotel; affordable space for start-up businesses, a 650-seat cinema, a gym, a music venue; a three-form entry primary school and new healthcare facilities.
It aims to create a new shopping, dining and leisure destination and will feature a shared communal garden with orchards and play spaces.
It is estimated the project will generate up to 1,000 new jobs.
The application now needs to be referred to the mayor of London for a final decision and a section 106 agreement has to be completed in order for it to secure outline planning permission.
Councillor Dominic Twomey, deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, welcomed the plans, saying the redevelopment “puts the green into Vicarage Fields” and “paves the way for a 21st century retail experience, balancing the needs of consumers and brings with it entertainment outlets, homes for Londoners, amazing green leisure facilities and new jobs for local people”.
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