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Reserved Matters planning approval was granted in February for the project, which has received strong support from the Development Control Board and local councilors.
Demolition commenced in February, marking the start of the first phase of development, which will see 531 homes delivered at this new riverside destination. Following the completion of extensive infrastructure works, construction of the new homes is scheduled for October 2018, with the completion of the first homes expected in autumn 2020. The £346m development, set across 10 acres of brownfield industrial land is due to complete by 2026.
Countryside and Notting Hill Housing worked with architects and urban planners Metropolitan Workshop on the project, which consists of a mix of contemporary one to three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses for both sale and rent.
The homes are designed to maximise the benefit of the riverside frontage and city views. The scheme also includes a new, large, open park at the heart of the development and three landscape-led public realm areas. The existing boat moorings will be re-instated with additional facilities added to the development. In the Northern Square there will be a selection of new local shops, cafes and restaurants which will add to the vibrancy of this exciting new place to live.
Situated along the banks of the River Roding, Fresh Wharf is ideally located, less than a 15 minute walk or five minute cycle to Barking Station. The site is also adjacent to the North Circular and A13 for transport links to London City Airport and Canary Wharf.
Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director for East London at Countryside Partnerships South said: Receiving planning approval and starting the demolition at Fresh Wharf marks an important step towards the delivery of a significant new development in East London, creating a new destination at the entrance to Barking Town Centre.
“Identified as one of the largest residential sites within the Barking Town Centre Area Action Plan, Fresh Wharf plays a crucial part in boosting the local neighbourhood, utilising a brownfield site to provide much-needed new housing and community-focused public areas in an enviable riverside setting.
John Hughes, Group Development Director from Notting Hill Housing said: We are delighted to be working with Countryside to deliver new homes, landscape led public realm, retail and community spaces in this thriving part of London. Barking is undergoing an impressive transformation, which we’re thrilled to play a part in at Fresh Wharf.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: I look forward to seeing Fresh Wharf help to make Barking and Dagenham a magnet for aspirational working Londoners looking for a new home.
The development will also build on our ambition to create vibrant waterside communities, with affordable homes, leisure facilities and bars - a kind of Roding Riviera for ordinary Londoners.