Landmark Town Centre Regeneration Project Wins Approval

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Development Control Board have approved plans for an exciting project that will deliver 274 residential homes and contribute to the regeneration of Barking Town Centre. Swan Housing Group received the green light to build four interlinked residential towers, the tallest being 26 stories high at the Cambridge Road site, subject to a Stage II referral to the Mayor of London.

The regeneration will be constructed by NU living, Swan Group’s construction business. NU living’s philosophy combines innovation, flexibility, integrity and experience. The project, which has been supported by a loan from the Barking Housing Zone via the Mayor of London’s office, will include 274 one and two bed homes, 49 of which will be shared ownership homes with priority for residents of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Retail, leisure and a play area have also been included in the plans.

The project will revitalise a site that which has been vacant since 2004. Swan worked in partnership with planning consultancy Iceni Projects on the plans which received almost unanimous support at the planning committee and additional support from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Development and Regeneration said:

“We are delighted that the planning committee have granted consent to this landmark scheme which will bring a long vacant site back into use whilst delivering high quality architecture. We are looking forward to working with our Partners to contribute to the exciting regeneration that is happening in Barking and Dagenham. We are confident that the Cambridge Road project will contribute to the transformation of Barking Town Centre by providing 274 modern, stylish new homes with at least 49 shared ownership properties and much needed creative industry workspace.”

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“This is one of the cornerstones of our Housing Zone Scheme and will help boost the supply of quality homes in the town and will further add to the Borough’s housing mix. I’m delighted that the agreement includes a commitment to local labour and local suppliers allowing residents and businesses in the Borough to benefit from the proposed development.”

Lyndon Gill, Director, Iceni Projects, said:

“The approval for the scheme is a positive step for Barking and Dagenham and the surrounding area. It will bring about numerous benefits for Barking Town Centre and further add to the borough’s housing mix and improve the town’s retail and leisure offer.”

“The project will aid the growth of this area as we see more and more people looking to move further East of the capital. Iceni are delighted to be part of such an exciting scheme.”

Added 24 December 2015