Two major Barking redevelopments win approval

Two major planning applications have been approved for the redevelopment of sites in Barking in east London.

Gascoigne Estate: plans include 1,575 new homes
Gascoigne Estate: plans include 1,575 new homes

The applications, both in the Barking town centre area, are for the redevelopment of Abbey Retail Park and a regeneration project on the Gascoigne Estate.

The Abbey Retail Park proposal, which will now be referred to the secretary of state, would include a Sainsbury’s superstore, a new riverside walkway and boards with information about local history.

A planning report on the application concluded that the scheme would "help to achieve one of the council’s priorities to grow the borough", adding that Barking town centre is one of the council’s five growth areas.

The full application was recommended for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

The second application, for a mixed-use redevelopment of the eastern section Gascoigne Estate, would include 1,575 new homes and education, office, community, commercial and medical space.

The application was for full planning application for the first phase, and outline planning for the rest of the redevelopment.

A planning report said the regenerated estate would be "better designed, safer and more legible than that which it replaces, will improve the borough’s image and become a more desirable place to live".

The regeneration project, led by the London borough and East Thames Group, is due to be completed in 2024 with the first phase to start in spring 2015 and deliver 421 new homes and a medical centre.

Both applications will now be referred to the Greater London Authority.

Planning consultancy Iceni Projects worked on both applications.

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