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Consultation launched on greener plans to redevelop Gascoigne Estate

Tower blocks will be developed around a network of green courtyards (credit: Be First)

A consultation has been launched on altered plans to build 526 homes in Barking. 

Be First, the local council’s development arm, are planning to redevelop the eastern end of Gascoigne Estate at the junction of St Pauls Road and Ripples Road. 

They have altered their scheme to make it greener and help combat climate change. 

It would see several tower blocks, ranging from four to 14 storeys, built around a network of green courtyards and a new public park. 

The site would be largely car-free and have almost 900 cycle parking spaces as well. Other features would include extensive tree planting, green roofs and solar panels. 

“We’ve decided to revisit our plans to meet the climate change challenge which faces us all,” said Project Director, Dubravka Polic. 

“They still include much-needed, affordable homes for local people but the difference is that the new plans will be centred on greener living and reducing the need for cars, helping to make cleaner air quality for this and the next generation.

“Most things you need – shops, transport and a large range of leisure options – are within easy walking distance, reducing the need for cars and allowing for a much greener environment.”

Two thirds of the apartments will be available for affordable rent or shared ownership. 

Councillor Andrew Achilleos, Barking and Dagenham Council Member Champion for Climate Change, said: “We all have a part to play to tackle climate change, and so far, the council has already taken a number of measures to reduce its carbon footprint, including a pledge to end single-use plastic and switching some of our fleet to using electric rather than diesel.

“The eco-friendly designs proposed for Gascoigne are another step towards a greener borough and I urge residents to take part in the survey and give their views.”

To encourage people to respond to the survey, Be First is giving away a £25 Amazon voucher to one entry picked at random. 

Those who respond to the next survey may win one of two £10 vouchers which will be drawn out of a hat. 

The plans and survey are available to see online here

The closing date is Sunday, 23 August. 

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