New affordable homes planned for Barking

Thu 19 December 2019, 11:27 am

Plans for at least 200 new affordable homes at a £63m redevelopment project have been given the green light.

The new apartments will be built on the Marks Gate site along the A12, with at least 35% being offered at London affordable rent prices.

Regeneration firm Be First is spearheading the project, which it says will ease the pressure on waiting lists for affordable homes in Barking and Dagenham.

The council’s planning committee gave approval to the project in mid-November. Be First will be consulting with residents on the design and impact of the project, will formulate a detailed planning permission application to be submitted in spring next year.

Be First managing director Pat Hayes said: “Our immediate priority is to talk to the local community about our plans. In particular, we want to talk about how we can dramatically improve the quality of the green spaces there, including Padnall Lake itself, and think about what sort of community facilities we can introduce to benefit local residents.”

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