Becontree Heath development partner selected

Mon 12 October 2015, 2:55 pm

Countryside and Newlon Housing Trust have been selected by Barking and Dagenham Council to take forward the regeneration of Becontree Heath.

Proposals for the regeneration scheme are for six parcels of land running between Barking and Dagenham Civic Centre and the Becontree Health Leisure Centre.

The project includes 141 homes, public realm improvements, a pharmacy and a bus station.

Barking and Dagenham’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Cameron Geddes, said: “The selection of Countryside and Newlon Housing Trust as our preferred bidder for the Becontree Heath scheme is an important step towards the regeneration of the estate and the council’s commitment to ultimately deliver thousands of much needed new homes across the borough.” 

The properties will be available for private sale, shared ownership and rent and range from family houses to apartments with courtyard gardens and balconies. Of these, 10% are designed to be accessible for wheelchair users.

Richard Cherry, chief executive of partnerships at Countryside, said: “Our vision for Becontree Heath is to establish a distinctive, high quality place with its own unique character and identity that is fully integrated with the local area. We will continue to work closely with the council, as well as consulting with the public, to ensure we deliver the right development for local people.”

Stitch Architects has designed the scheme. Countryside and Newlon said that together with the council, they will now consult with the community and further develop the proposals before the outline planning application is submitted.

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