Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Goresbrook Village plans set for green light

Fri 4 January 2013, 11:40 am

Barking & Dagenham councilors are set to approve the redevelopment of 1960s housing estate Goresbrook Village at a development control meeting next week.

Countryside Properties’ plans to demolish the site’s three 16-storey tower blocks and three shop units for replacement with 108 houses and 41 flats are being recommended for approval by planning officers.

Countryside, which is the council’s development partner on the project, is also proposing the creation of a new linear park at the 2.65 hectare site, as well as one new retail unit.

Among the conditions for approval of the scheme, set out ahead of next Tuesday’s meeting, is the creation of a “local labour and business strategy” to help local businesses and jobseekers benefit from the development.

The conditions also call for some 20 per cent of the development’s 154 car-parking spaces to be equipped to recharge electric vehicles.

Countryside Properties said last month that it expected demolition work to get under way in April if the plans were approved on schedule.

According to Barking & Dagenham, 98 of the proposed new homes will be council owned and managed, with the remainder earmarked for private sale.

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