Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Plans for Vicarage Field lodged

By Marco Cillario - Wed 7 September 2016, 9:37 am

Plans for the redevelopment of the Vicarage Field shopping centre in Barking town centre have been submitted to Barking and Dagenham Council.

Developers Benson Elliot and Londonewcastle have lodged an application to transform the site and provide up to 850 new homes, a primary school, a cinema, a 300-capacity music venue, a 150-room hotel, healthcare facilities and flexible enterprise space for start-up businesses.

The scheme, designed by architects Studio Egret West, will also include new restaurants and shops, as well as a cycle hub and basement parking.

According to Benson Elliot, the development will create 1,000 full-time jobs, with a target of half going to local people.

Located on a 2.1-ha site opposite Barking station, the 14,490sq m existing shopping centre was built in 1991 on the former grounds of Barking Football Club and bought by Benson Elliott in June 2015.

Peter Cornforth, director of retail at Benson Elliot, said he expected the regeneration of the site to play a “pivotal part in shaping Barking’s long-term future”.

More than 200 people responded to public consultation events on the plans held in spring 2016, with 74% backing them.

Barking and Dagenham Council will now hold its own consultation and a decision is expected to be made by the development control board later this year.

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