Demolition work has started at a 1960s block of flats in Barking, in preparation for a new housing scheme.
Barking and Dagenham Council began a public consultation last month on plans for the Sebastian Court development site, in Meadow Road, after work started in February.
Over the next four years, Be First, the council’s regeneration company, will be delivering up to 2,700 homes and around 80% are aimed at being affordable.
Councillor Darren Rodwell visited the site, which will have 95 homes classed as affordable. He said: “We are proud of our record of building up to 80% of our homes at affordable prices for people on low incomes. This is among the highest in London.”
Tom Mather, construction director at Be First, said: “Building these new affordable homes is just the start of our ambitious programme.
“We are now moving into the fast lane on our mission to build thousands of new, affordable homes for local people.”
Managing director of construction firm Jerram Falkus said: “This will be our first project with Be First, but is a continuation of a long-established relationship, delivering projects in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We look forward to working together in partnership to construct new quality homes in the area.”
The final planning application for Sebastian Court will be submitted to the council’s planning committee in the summer.
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