Conversion of former Barking court wins approval

PUBLISHED: 16:55 30 July 2013

Architect's sketch of Barking Magistrates' Court redevelopment plans

Architect's sketch of Barking Magistrates' Court redevelopment plans


Plans to convert the former Barking Magistrates’ Court into 13 flats and a restaurant have been given the go ahead.

The Grade-II listed building in East Street will be have a new six-storey building built next to it, consisting of retail floor space with 24 flats on top of it.

Constructed in 1893, the building was first used as public offices and a library before it became a courthouse in the 1950s.

In 2011 it was closed under a multi-million pound cuts programme that saw 147 courts shut in England and Wales.

At the meeting of the Development Control Board on July 22 another project given approval was the regeneration of Mark’s Gate in Chadwell Heath.

The existing church and vicarage on site will be demolished and replaceed with a church and community centre, 50 flats and nine houses.

More flats and housing will be built on the land adjacent to the church.

St Marks Church vicar, the Rev Roger Gayler, said: “We are delighted to have an opportunity to offer the community this fantastic development that will allow us to offer hospitality, learning, health and worship for everyone.”

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