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Affordable homes to be built on site of former garage in Barking

PUBLISHED: 16:09 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 13 July 2018

The new homes will be built in Wivenhoe Road. Pic: Google.

The new homes will be built in Wivenhoe Road. Pic: Google.

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A row of affordable homes for residents will be built on the site of a former garage in Barking.

Plans for seven houses on the council-owned brownfield site in Wivenhoe Road were given the green light at last night’s planning committee.

The development will include five two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom homes, which will be available at discounted rents through the local authority’s lettings company Reside.

However they will be offered at affordable rent which is up to 80per cent of the market rate.

There was one objection to the proposal from a neighbour who said the current site was being used for parking and there was “no provision for existing residents’ cars that will be displaced”.

The scheme includes one parking space and two cycle spaces for each home.

The area has “poor” access to public transport and the closest station, Upney underground, is a 32 minute walk away, according to planning documents.

However the transport development management officer said the parking problems in the street were “not unusual compared to many other areas in the borough”.

Jennie Coombs, head of affordable housing at the council’s new regeneration company Be First, added: “By making the most of brownfield sites in Barking we have turned derelict garages into genuinely affordable homes for ordinary Londoners.”

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