A massive new village being built in East London is getting closer to completion after more homes in the scheme got the green light. The Barking Riverside plan saw 167 new homes approved – the latest step in a huge masterplan to regenerate an old factory area on the banks of the Thames. When completed, the neighbourhood will have at least 10,800 new homes.
The newest addition to the Barking Riverside village will see 167 homes built, along with a large park and parking spaces for residents. The homes will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bed flats and houses. The site’s developers said 80 of the homes would be ‘affordable’ for Barking and Dagenham residents.
Many of the homes at Barking Riverside have already been built, with dozens of residents moving into the new town. However, most of the houses, flats and shops planned for the area have yet to be built. As well as homes, Barking Riverside will have a new school, a huge health centre and large public parks.
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A £7.3 million pier next to the village is also under construction and is expected to open in May.The dock will give residents access to the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers service, linking them to Canary Wharf and Central London in under an hour, and letting them reach as far away as Putney in West London.
Barking Riverside will also have its own Overground station, adding 4.5 kilometres of track to the Gospel Oak to Barking line. The train station was due to open in December 2021, but has since been pushed back to autumn this year. Building on the 167 newly-approved homes is expected to start soon, as construction continues for homes and shops on other parts of the Barking Riverside site.
More of the Barking Riverside neighbourhood’s homes, parks and buildings will be considered by Barking and Dagenham Council before the scheme can be finished.