Green light for major build-to-rent scheme in Barking

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has resolved to grant planning consent to be:here, advised by planning and development consultants Iceni Projects, for a flagship build-to-rent development in Barking. It is one of the largest consented build-to-rent developments in the UK.

The scheme will deliver 597 homes specifically designed for rent, as well as public open space and 493m² of flexible commercial space on 3.88 acres of the nine-acre Abbey Retail Park in Barking town centre.

The decision followed an officer’s recommendation for approval and will now be referred to the GLA. It will also be subject to the developer’s and the council’s agreement of the Section 106.

Ian Anderson, Executive Director at Iceni Projects, said:

“This is a flagship build-to-rent scheme in a borough that wants to do business and is fast emerging as a major growth opportunity area.

“Barking is a council and a community willing to embrace change. To receive no objections at all on a major scheme is unheard of but testament to the quality of the scheme and the collaborative approach between the project team, the council and community stakeholders. We hope it encourages other developers to invest in Barking, as well as attracting new people to the area to live and work.”

In 2014, Iceni Projects secured planning consent for a new superstore on the remainder of the Abbey Retail Park. Work to deliver the new store, which will provide up to 450 jobs on completion, is now well underway.