Ex-courthouse marketed for development

By Jim Dunton - Fri 17 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Barking's former Magistrates Court has been placed on the market as a mixed-use development opportunity with planning permission.

The East Street building occupies an 0.118-hectare plot, and has consent for refurbishment with 37 flats and 609 sq metres of retail and restaurant use.

The full planning permission, approved by Barking & Dagenham Council last year, allows for the demolition of parts of the current Grade II-listed building and the creation of a new linked six-storey structure behind.

Under the proposals, the original building would contain 13 apartments with 367 sq metres of café and restaurant floorspace below, while the new structure would house 24 apartments and have 242 sq metres of retail floorspace at ground-floor level.

Agents Knight Frank said the site was 300 metres away from Barking Station and represented an “exciting” development opportunity.

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