Plans approved for 10,000 new homes in Barking

Vania Goncalves 7 Sep 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved the construction of 10,000 new homes in Barking, UK.

The Barking Riverside development — an 180ha brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames — will also include shops, restaurants, community and leisure facilities, public squares, schools, a new train station, and a transport interchange, which will connect the area to central London by rail, bus and river.

A minimum of 35% of the new homes will be affordable — an increase from the previously-stated 28% — with provisions to rise to 50% over time through additional investment and viability reviews, the mayor has agreed.

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Barking Riverside has enormous potential to deliver thousands of the much-needed homes Londoners so urgently need.

“I’ve made it clear that tackling London’s housing crisis is my number-one priority. Fixing this problem will be a marathon, not a sprint, but developments like this one will play a huge part in our efforts to provide genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent.

“Our next task is to ensure this development includes the facilities and infrastructure which will make this a fantastic place to live and to visit, rather than simply a housing development.”

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s approval for Barking Riverside masterplan. This is a key part of the regeneration jigsaw, not just for Barking and Dagenham but for London as a whole.

“It will undoubtedly make an enormous contribution to solving part of the capital’s housing crisis and we are determined to create an attractive and prosperous new community there.

“This borough has a very exciting and ambitious growth programme, which includes the delivery of over 45,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs over the next ten years. We are committed to ensuring that no-one is left behind. These homes should serve local residents too and therefore providing affordable housing is key.”

TFL has recently submitted a Transport and Works Act Order to secure the powers and planning permission for the £262M extension to the existing Gospel Oak to barking London Overground line. An inquiry is scheduled for 18 October 2016.

Stage one of the development is under construction.

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