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Barking town centre scheme unveiled

Barking town centre scheme unveiled

Details have been revealed of a major new mixed-use scheme that would transform Barking town centre in east London.

Property investor Benson Elliot and development managers Londonewcastle want to replace the existing Vicarage Field shopping mall with a development combining residential, retail and leisure space.

It would have 850 homes spread across six towers, which would stand at the heart of the development. These would be between 13 and 36 storeys in height and located next to the major new retail and leisure buildings. As well as providing a modernised shopping experience, the development would also include a 300-capacity performance venue, a primary school, a cinema and a hotel with 150 beds.

Director of retail at Benson Elliot Peter Cornforth remarked: "Our proposals support the Borough’s vision for new homes and the Barking town centre Housing Zone, as well as local economic growth for the benefit of everyone. The regeneration of this key east London metropolitan centre will play a pivotal part in shaping Barking’s long-term future."

He was backed in this view by president of the Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce Mark Bass, who said: "The redevelopment of the Vicarage Field site offers a fantastic opportunity to encourage more growth and investment in the town centre."

The local council will now carry out a public consultation on the plans, with a final decision set to be delivered by the end of the year.

If the plan proceeds, it will be the second major residential-led mixed-use development taking place in Barking.

The Barking Riverside project is already underway, with around 600 homes a year set to be built over 20 years as the site of the former Barking Power Station is developed as a new estate of 10,000 people.

London Overground recently began the search for a contractor to build a new station and loop to extend the network to serve the site.

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