Councillors have approved plans to build more than 500 homes at what will become the new eco-friendly Gascoigne Estate in Barking.
The development found at the heart of Barking town centre was discussed at a planning committee meeting in June, with plans to have eleven new buildings and 526 flats, which will include 65% at affordable rent or shared ownership and 35% for private sale.
Be First, the council’s regeneration company, expects to set new environmental standards, through designs by Scandinavian architects White Arkitekter, ensuring the Gascoigne Estate will be among the greenest residential areas in the town centre.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham Council’s leader, said: “These plans for the new look Gascoigne Estate set a new gold standard for green living in the borough. They will also provide hundreds of much needed affordable homes for local people in a sustainable design which will make it among the greenest estates in the borough.”
The plans include tree-lined public spaces and the 5,000 sq m Gascoigne Square that will include public art.
Energy will be supplied by an array of rooftop photo-voltaic cells and Be First plans to install more than 1,000 cycle spaces to encourage biking in the borough.
Jennie Coombs, head of affordable housing at Be First, said: “This latest phase of this exciting project will deliver vastly improved homes for new and existing tenants. And we’ve taken the design to the next level, to make sure the quality of the public spaces matches the quality of the flats themselves.
“This landmark development will be the borough’s most ambitious and greenest ever and will be a template for environmentally-friendly living for the 21st century.”
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