East London insights Q2 2019 - Page 7



EAST LONDON INSIGHTS
Q2 2019
BARKING & DAGENHAM
600 NEW HOMES
FOR BARKING
Be First, Barking & Dagenham’s development
company, has announced that it has been
given the go ahead for two schemes which will
deliver over 600 homes.
Barking & Dagenham councillors gave the green light
to build 526 flats, 65% of which will be affordable,
across 11 new buildings on the Gascoigne Estate in the
centre of Barking. The estate is undergoing widespread
regeneration in multiple stages and will eventually have
more than 1,500 homes and a new primary school.
Approval was granted for a further 95 affordable homes
in three new blocks on the site of a derelict building
in Upney. Work on the site is expected to start in
December 2019.
Chaired by the former head of the Civil Service, Lord
Bob Kerslake, Be First now aims to build 3,088 homes
for the Council, which is 880 (40%) more than planned
when the company was launched created two years ago.

WALTHAM FOREST
MCLAREN TO BUILD 169 HOMES IN BARKING
Be First, has chosen McLaren to build 169 affordable and shared ownership homes on a former local
authority car park on Linton Road.
The project is part of the Barking & Dagenham Council’s plans to transform Barking town centre. Speaking to Housing Today,
Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First said: “The contract forms a vital part of our plans to build affordable homes and rejuvenate
a neglected part of Barking town centre.”
Work is expected to begin in early 2020, with completion expected in 2022.
The development is half of a two-part scheme that also includes the
demolition of Crown House, a 1960s office block, and its replacement
with a 29-storey apartment block.


PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED FOR JUNIPER HOUSE
Waltham Forest Council has announced that it has approved plans for the regeneration of the former Council
offices at Juniper House in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, opposite Walthamstow Central Station. The plans will now
go to the Greater London Authority for final approval.
The approved application includes:
• 91 new homes for local people, including three and four-bedroom properties suitable for families. At least 41 of these will be
affordable homes with 23 for social rent and 18 for shared ownership.
• A 53-place pre-school nursery.
• More green space including a ‘Pocket Park’ at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street.
• New commercial units for businesses, helping to create employment opportunities for local residents.
• Cycle parking.
The Council states that the scheme will bring significant benefits for local residents and the wider environment, including air-source heat
pumps and solar panels which will provide heating and hot water for the apartments and cooling to the nursery and commercial units.
It will also complement the improvements to the gyratory system and revitalise a key part of Walthamstow town centre by providing
new commercial space on Hoe Street.
The Council will keep ownership of the land once the development is completed.
NEW HOMES FOR HOE STREET,
WALTHAMSTOW
Work is now underway for the creation of 54 affordable homes
across two sites on Hoe Street in Walthamstow thanks to a
partnership between the Islington and Shoreditch Housing
Association (ISHA), Waltham Forest Council and the Greater
London Authority (GLA).
The £11million project at 317A and 400 Hoe Street is being built by Kind and
Company and funded by the GLA and Waltham Forest Council. The scheme will
transform the sites of a former petrol station and a car workshop into modern,
efficient and environmentally friendly living spaces for the local community.

Completion is expected in autumn 2020.

6 I strettons.co.uk
https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Be-First-appoints-McLaren-for-Barking-town-regeneration-scheme.jpg
https://d224eigjcmsomk.cloudfront.net/Pictures/380x253/5/1/4/1870514_gasgoigneeastbefirst_842344.jpg
, https://walthamforest.gov.uk/sites/default/files/GL102%20Juniper%20House%20A1%20boards%20October%202018%20final.pdf
https://walthamforest.gov.uk/content/regeneration-317a-and-400-hoe-street-walthamstow
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