Former Dagenham synagogue could be developed into houses
PUBLISHED: 18:30 11 January 2017
The former Barking and Becontree Synagogue site could be bought by the council and developed into housing.
Councillors have been recommended to approve the purchase of the synagogue in Becontree Avenue – which shut in 2014 – at a cabinet meeting next week.
The site currently has restrictions on its use, and when the United Synagogue Trust, who own the freehold, approached Barking and Dagenham council to ask if these could be lifted so they could sell it for redevelopment, council officers opened discussions to purchase it.
A report prepared ahead of Tuesday’s meeting points out that the property, which sits in a residential area opposite a parade of shops, is well-placed to build homes.
“Initial plans prepared by the council’s team suggest that the site could accommodate an 18 unit residential development with a small community space on the ground floor,” the report reads.
“The council also owns adjoining property which, in the longer term, could be included in part of a larger regeneration scheme.”
If councillors approve plans to buy the property, it could be let out to community groups to keep it occupied and “avoid antisocial behaviour” while the redevelopment plans are being drawn up, the report suggests.
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