Plans to build 95 new affordable homes on a site in Barking have been approved, which will provide a mixture of one and two-bedroom council properties.
Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee passed plans in early June for the development at Sebastian Court, which will also include a large community room.
The scheme is managed by Be First, the council’s regeneration company, which appointed contractor Jerram Falkus for the demolition of the original Sebastian Court buildings.
The demolition has been completed and piling works will commence this summer for the three new residential blocks.
The blocks will be staggered to allow better natural light, and there will also be a children’s playground and green plants around the area. The homes will each have a balcony and large windows on at least two sides with raised ceiling heights to allow extra light.
There will also be roof-mounted photo-voltaic panels, which will help keep fuel bills low and reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings.
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: “Sebastian Court became a notorious eyesore so I am delighted we can now move on and start building well-designed homes on the site. They’ll provide much-needed new homes for local people and significantly improve the local environment.”
Council leader, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said: “The new Sebastian Court development epitomises what we’re trying to achieve in the borough. Delivering high quality, 100% affordable publicly owned homes for ordinary, working people.”
The scheme is in line with the council’s commitment to deliver thousands of affordable homes. The council will let 33 flats to tenants at affordable rents, 29 at London affordable rent and offer the remaining 33 for shared ownership.
Jerram Falkus are expected to start building works in December this year to be completed by early 2021.
To see the demolition footage at the Sebastian Court development visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjN9KFsAQDY&feature=youtu.be
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