The colossal Barking Riverside development, where there are plans for 10,800 new homes, has been named as one of 10 “healthy new towns” as part of an NHS England initiative.
Housing developments across the country have been identified where NHS England aims to improve the health, wellbeing and independence of people in communities.
To achieve this, plans include banning fast-food outlets near schools and encouraging walking by designing green spaces and "building dementia friendly streets".
Councils, housing associations, NHS organisations and developers were last year invited to bid for NHS support. The scheme attracted 114 bids.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, in a speech to the Kings Fund today (1 March), said: “The much-needed push to kick-start affordable housing across England creates a golden opportunity for the NHS to help promote health and keep people independent.”
The City of London Corporation is about to buy Barking Power Station site in east London for around £125 million, according to Property Week.
A £25 million grant for Barking and Dagenham Council will help it support new housebuilding over the next four years.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, has welcomed the decision to approve the proposed Beam Park…