Derailed regeneration project gets go-ahead

A 10,000-home development unveiled by John Prescott as part of a �6billion Thames Gateway regeneration plan is finally getting off the ground after seven years. The �1.9billion Barking Riverside development epitomising Labour s 21st building policies wit

A 10,000-home development unveiled by John Prescott as part of a �6billion Thames Gateway regeneration plan is finally getting off the ground after seven years.

The �1.9billion Barking Riverside development epitomising Labour's 21st building policies with a 41 per cent "affordable housing" quota will see its first 50 to 100 homes built by Christmas.

The project was derailed in November 2008 when Tory Mayor Boris Johnson scrapped a �750million Docklands Light Railway extension needed by legal agreement to build more than 4,000 homes.

The Mayor said he shelved the Dagenham Dock extension because of lack of Government cash but an expected Tory win at the general election could help to put the project back on track.


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