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Barking Riverside to become ‘vibrant’ waterfront attraction

PUBLISHED: 13:14 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:25 09 August 2016

Illustrative masterplan of the port, Barking Riverside. Image: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects

Illustrative masterplan of the port, Barking Riverside. Image: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects

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A promenade, bars and restaurants are set to transform a former power station into an urban oasis.

Barking Riverside – a vast development for nearly 11,000 homes – will become a “vibrant” waterfront attraction after Barking and Dagenham councillors agreed to a revised masterplan last month.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said it would be the “perfect place” for Londoners to cool off.

“Barcelona and other cities around the world had developed underused wharves and harbours into vibrant waterfront attractions,” he said.

The development, designated as a Healthy New Town by NHS England, will also feature wildlife reserves, wetlands and ponds, parks and boulevards, as well as a network of traffic-free streets to encourage walking and cycling.

The site cannot grow beyond 1,200 homes until public transport links are improved. Visit barkingriverside.co.uk for more information.

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