New homes at Margaret Bondfield Avenue

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Across the country there is a desperate need for more housing, and in Barking and Dagenham the situation is no different. Homelessness among local residents is high and we need more affordable homes for local people.

To help tackle the housing shortage, the council is proposing to build temporary accommodation for local homeless families on the car park area at the north of Margaret Bondfield Avenue. The council has asked us, at Be First, to design suitable housing on the site.

We submitted proposals at the beginning of the year to build 15 new homes. But, following residents engagement and a meeting organised by Margaret Hodge MP and local Councillor Foyzur Rahman, a review of the project was agreed. We agreed to work with the council to look again at the plans to consider alternative uses for the buildings.

This review has now been completed, but we have found no viable alternative uses.

We have therefore submitted the planning application to the council for decision again. It remains largely as before, with only minor changes.

You can see the application - and all the supporting documents - on the Council's website. The reference number of the planning application is 20/00040/FUL.

Across the country there is a desperate need for more housing, and in Barking and Dagenham the situation is no different. Homelessness among local residents is high and we need more affordable homes for local people.

To help tackle the housing shortage, the council is proposing to build temporary accommodation for local homeless families on the car park area at the north of Margaret Bondfield Avenue. The council has asked us, at Be First, to design suitable housing on the site.

We submitted proposals at the beginning of the year to build 15 new homes. But, following residents engagement and a meeting organised by Margaret Hodge MP and local Councillor Foyzur Rahman, a review of the project was agreed. We agreed to work with the council to look again at the plans to consider alternative uses for the buildings.

This review has now been completed, but we have found no viable alternative uses.

We have therefore submitted the planning application to the council for decision again. It remains largely as before, with only minor changes.

You can see the application - and all the supporting documents - on the Council's website. The reference number of the planning application is 20/00040/FUL.

  • Homes plan to go to planning committee

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    14 Aug 2020
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    Our plan to build 15 new homes at the northern end of Margaret Bondfield Avenue, by Exeter House has now been submitted and will be considered by the council's planning committee on 14 September.

    This follows a review of the project which was started after a meeting with residents, organised by Margaret Hodge MP and local Councillor Foyzur Rahman, in March. We considered the concerns raised by residents about the development and agreed to review the plans with the council and to consider alternative uses for the buildings.

    This review has now been completed, but we have found no viable alternative uses.

    We have therefore submitted the planning application to the council for decision again. It remains largely as before, with only minor changes to the original plan.

    The application is to provide temporary accommodation for local people on the housing list. Full details can be seen on the Council's website. The reference number of the planning application is 20/00040/FUL.

  • Thanks for your views

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    20 Jan 2020

    Thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in consultation held at Hedgecock Community Centre on 9th January 2020.

    We received 58 responses in total and all feedback has been considered.

    A copy of the information we presented at the drop-in event is available in the 'Document Library' tab of this website.


  • Tell us what you think

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    08 Jan 2020
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    The development proposals at Margaret Bondfield Avenue need planning permission. Before we submit a planning application, we would like to hear your views on the proposals.

    We are holding a drop in session 2.30 - 7.30 at the Hedgecock Commuity Centre, 28 Stephen Jewers Gardens, Barking IG11 9FA on Thursday 9th January

    Please come along and give us your views