Council considers sites for housing

By James Renoux-Wood - Wed 27 April 2016, 12:57 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council is considering 14 sites for housing, five of which could be use to shelter the homeless.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet (19 April), disused green space and garages were mentioned as some of the sites that could be used.

Residential schemes will either be created by the council or delivered through its housing company, called Reside. The local authority has pointed to the need to achieve its ambition to meet Right to Buy and shared ownership targets. 

Cabinet member for economic and social development, Councillor Cameron Geddes, said: “I am really pleased that officers continue to look at every opportunity – no matter how small, or how unusual – to try and find ways of delivering more affordable homes for local people.

“Some of these sites, particularly the garage sites and amenity greens, attract antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping, so to not only bring them into good use, but to convert the sites into much needed affordable housing is a great achievement and I look forward to seeing detailed proposals on each site in the coming months.”

The council is aiming to prevent homelessness and create more affordable housing.

Deputy leader of the council, and cabinet member for housing, Councillor Saima Ashraf, said: “Housing need continues to outstrip supply, particularly affordable housing and unfortunately the borough is facing a serious housing and homelessness challenge. 

“The number of people in some form of temporary accommodation is increasing but I am always impressed with the continued hard work and innovation from officers trying to meet these growing needs; the proposal to use modular housing is yet another great idea which will make a very real difference.”

The 14 sites identified are spread across seven wards: Becontree, Eastbury, Goresbrook, Heath, Mayesbrook, Thames and Village.

 

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