Plans for green homes in Barking

Fri 13 December 2019, 11:36 am

Plans to build more than 200 homes in the environmentally-friendly regeneration of an estate in Barking have been given the go-ahead.

Young people visit the Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

The west side of the Gascoigne Estate is being redeveloped to provide new apartments, a children’s play area, as well as newly-installed electric car charging points and more than 360 cycle spaces.

At a Barking and Dagenham Council meeting last month, councillors approved the designs, which will include more than 60 per cent of the 201 new home being affordable.

Pat Hayes, managing director at regeneration firm Be First, said: “Redeveloping the Gascoigne Estate is a major step in the regeneration of the borough. This decision paves the way for more quality homes local people can afford.”

The regeneration project will also benefit from a 40 per cent cut in carbon emissions thanks to connections to the forthcoming Barking Town Centre District Heating Network and solar panels.

Developers Wates Residential have already moved on to the site to prepare to start construction work, while architects White Arkitekter have been involved in creating designs for regeneration schemes on both the east and west sides of the estate.

The regeneration project is due to be completed in spring 2022.

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