Barking Magistrates’ Court could become restaurant and flats

The former Barking Magistrates' Court in East Street

The former Barking Magistrates' Court in East Street - Credit: Archant

Barking’s former magistrate court could be turned into a restaurant or cafe with flats above, according to the council.

The listed building, in East Street, has been bought by a developer who is expected to submit a planning application in the next couple on months.

A council spokesman said: “We have had discussions with a developer about converting the courthouse into a restaurant/café on the basement/ground floor with apartments above and extending the building at the rear to provide more commercial space on the ground floor with apartments above.”

The court closed in 2011 as part of government cuts,