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04/04/2018

1,000-home urban village proposed for Barking

Words: Laura Edgar
Concept image of Abbey Retail Park transformation in Barking / Weston Homes

Weston Homes has announced plans to deliver a £300 million, 1,000-home urban village, together with retail and leisure facilities.

The developer has, following an agreement with Estates & agency Properties Limited, acquired two neighbouring sites totalling six aces.

The former Abbey Retail Park is on the edge of Barking town centre, at Abbey Road, and falls within the Barking Town Centre Action Plan. The site is also identified in the London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework.

It fronts onto the River Roding, a tributary of the River Thames.

Weston Homes plans to deliver more than 1,000 homes of mixed tenure, as well as transform the riverside to include a waterfront promenade, pedestrian pathways and landscaped grounds. It will also provide community infrastructure, such as a riverside gastro-pub/restaurant and retail space.

The firm intends to submit a planning application to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s urban regeneration company Be First this summer. It said it would now liaise with the local community and work with the council and Be First on the plans.

Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive of Weston Homes, said: “The Abbey Retail Park is within the so-called ‘Barking Smile regeneration zone’ and the redevelopment of the site will create a vibrant new community in Barking, contributing to the area’s ongoing transformation. Attracting new people and inward investment, this new residential destination for Barking will provide private sale homes and much-needed affordable housing for local people and families on lower household incomes.”

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham councillor Darren Rodwell said: "This is great news, and while we would need more detail, it’s another sign that Barking and Dagenham is booming. It also dovetails into our wider plans to create a vibrant waterside community there – a kind of Roding Riviera for ordinary Londoners.”

Image credit | Weston Homes

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