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More house building initiative given the green light in Barking and Dagenham

Published: Wednesday 18 March 2015
More house building initiative given the green light in Barking and Dagenham

Councillors in Barking and Dagenham have given the go ahead for a proposal which will see another 1,575 homes being developed on the eastern side of the Gascoigne estate in Barking.

The ambitious proposal will see the phase one result in 421 new homes by 2017, further strengthening the Council’s position as the capital’s biggest public sector builder of new homes. This phase will include a medical centre, gardens and a new public square.

Subsequent phases will eventually see a further 1,154 new one to four bedroom homes, all with a terrace, garden or balcony. The properties will be available for rent as well as shared and private ownership.

Designed by architects Levitt Bernstein and Allies & Morrison, the work on 421 new homes and the medical centre will start early next year. Future phases will also include more homes, shops as well as a primary and secondary school.

Barking and Dagenham Council and East Thames jointly submitted the proposals earlier this year and are working together on the scheme, with shared responsibility for funding, design, construction and maintenance. The development is part of the Council’s ambitious estates renewal programme.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration praised the decision to support the proposed application and said: “The regeneration of Gascoigne estate is an important part of the Council’s vision for the future growth of the borough.This is an exciting and significant step toward realising our ambitious vision to create new homes and offer our residents greater choice in housing.

“We are committed to growth and playing our part in London. The Gascoigne with its close proximity to Barking Town Centre has an unrivalled opportunity to deliver a wide range of new homes for our residents.”

Trevor Burns, East Thames’ Executive Director of Development, Sales and Asset Management said: “We are delighted that together with the Council we are now ready to kick-start the regeneration of the Gascoigne estate by building hundreds of new homes in this first phase of the redevelopment. The project will feature the high quality regeneration which we are already known for, with affordable homes for rent and sale, accessible green spaces and community facilities which everybody can enjoy.”

Some of the funding for this project has been provided by The Mayor of London’s Housing Covenant programme, which provides homes for working Londoners.

Notes for editors:

East Thames Group is a housing association and social regeneration charity with 35 years experience. We are one of the largest housing associations operating in east London and Essex. East Thames owns and manages more than 13,500 homes and builds new affordable homes. We also offer care and support services and run a range of programmes to prevent homelessness, get unemployed people back into work, create better neighbourhoods, and bring communities together. Our mission is to make a positive and lasting difference to the communities in which we work and we’re totally committed to our patch in east London and Essex.

First Published in October 2014