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Hundreds of private homes to be built on site of Gascoigne Estate West in Barking

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 15 June 2018

Homes on the Gascoigne Estate West will be demolished. Pic: LBBD

Homes on the Gascoigne Estate West will be demolished. Pic: LBBD

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Controversial plans to demolish a council estate in Barking and replace it with hundreds of private flats, a commercial space and an energy centre have been given the green light.

Clrr Dominic Twomey is the deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council. Picture credit: Sophie Morton.Clrr Dominic Twomey is the deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council. Picture credit: Sophie Morton.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee agreed the proposals to build on Gascoigne Estate West despite objectors branding it a “giveaway deal”.

The 1960s estate, in Abbey Road, is currently made up of 179 homes - over half of which are still owned by the council.

After the estate is razed and rebuilt, developers have suggested 109 of the flats will be let at social rent levels or half the market rate.

A further 78 will be rented out at 80 per cent of the market rate (affordable) and 174 flats will be shared ownership.

The remaining 489 flats will be privately sold.

Objector Keith Scotcher said: “The council shouldn’t give away land designated for social housing to private developers who will build flats that local people cannot afford. This is a giveaway deal.”

To “optimize” density only flats will be built on the site, near Barking town centre, and just 13 per cent of the properties will have three bedrooms.

Permission has already been granted for the demolition of Gascoigne Estate East, where land is earmarked for 421 new homes, a doctor’s surgery, retail space and a new school.

Homes on the Gascoigne Estate West will be demolished. Pic: LBBDHomes on the Gascoigne Estate West will be demolished. Pic: LBBD

Barking and Dagenham Council chose Islington-based architects FBM to redesign the west of the estate, which will include tower blocks of up to 12 storeys high.

Gascoigne councillor Dominic Twomey, who is also the deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for finance, performance and core services, said: “This is an exciting proposal that will mean an extra 671 additional badly needed homes are built, with more than 40% of the 850 homes for below market rent and shared ownership homes, including 109 at council comparative rent levels – meaning a resident working full-time and earning the London Living Wage would be able to afford to live there.

“I’m glad to see we have good quality regeneration and design. I’m quite happy with the mixtures of rents and affordable.”

The council have stated that during the first six months of the new flats being on sale individuals or companies will only be allowed to buy one.

Cllr Twomey said he wanted to see this “extended to 12 months”.

“Regeneration will be really good for the area,” he said.

“We don’t want to see people coming in and buying a number of these and renting them out.”

Councillors passed the outline plan with six votes for and one abstention.

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