Let's revitalise Barking Town Centre!

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We have produced the Barking Town Centre Regeneration Strategy 2020-2030 on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council. It's a bold 10-year vision for the town centre together with a delivery plan highlighting key opportunities for future improvements. Our vision is below.

“A town centre where inclusive growth unlocks a new lease of life - a healthy, safe and sustainable place to live, work, learn, socialise, shop, eat and relax with great places to visit. A real destination, day and night with a strong sense of place and identity harnessing its physical assets and rich heritage. Markets, merchants, makers and more. Roding Riverside will restore the river’s importance to Barking, being the creative and cultural heart of Barking town centre, with new homes and jobs for local people.”

The strategy was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 20 October 2020. It is the long term recovery plan to build confidence in Barking’s future in light of the coronavirus impact and challenges, tying into existing covid-19 measures from the Council.

We'll use this website to update you on the strategy’s progress and key issues impacting the town centre.

Get involved!

  • Take a look at the strategy here or watch our video summary
  • If you have ideas about how to make Barking a better place, post them here. And, send us your photos too
  • Sign up for updates and news about Barking town centre - we'll let you know about other opportunities to get involved.

We have produced the Barking Town Centre Regeneration Strategy 2020-2030 on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council. It's a bold 10-year vision for the town centre together with a delivery plan highlighting key opportunities for future improvements. Our vision is below.

“A town centre where inclusive growth unlocks a new lease of life - a healthy, safe and sustainable place to live, work, learn, socialise, shop, eat and relax with great places to visit. A real destination, day and night with a strong sense of place and identity harnessing its physical assets and rich heritage. Markets, merchants, makers and more. Roding Riverside will restore the river’s importance to Barking, being the creative and cultural heart of Barking town centre, with new homes and jobs for local people.”

The strategy was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 20 October 2020. It is the long term recovery plan to build confidence in Barking’s future in light of the coronavirus impact and challenges, tying into existing covid-19 measures from the Council.

We'll use this website to update you on the strategy’s progress and key issues impacting the town centre.

Get involved!

  • Take a look at the strategy here or watch our video summary
  • If you have ideas about how to make Barking a better place, post them here. And, send us your photos too
  • Sign up for updates and news about Barking town centre - we'll let you know about other opportunities to get involved.
  • Easy guide issued to maintain Barking town centre’s historical character

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    20 Nov 2020
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    The council has issued new guidance for Barking’s town centre residents and businesses, outlining their responsibilities to maintain and enhance the historic character of the town centre.

    The move follows the decision by the council to update the boundary of the conservation area and management plan for the Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation Area in October, after a public consultation exercise over the summer.

    Parts of Barking were included in a conservation area in 1975 in order to protect the heritage of the town centre. The designation means that any changes that take place within the boundary must conserve and enhance the area's special character and appearance.

    Colin Bannon, Town Heritage Officer said: “We are proud of our heritage and so we’ve now updated the conservation area to include new buildings and spaces which add to Barking’s special character, and to remove those which no longer contribute.

    “We’ve produced the guide for residents and business owners because we are keen to ensure that any alterations they make to their property are high quality and consistent with the special character of the conservation area.”

    The guide sets out the types of issues that people within the conservation area must consider when planning any alteration to their homes or premises, ranging from shop fronts and windows, through to satellite dishes and even pigeon deterrents.

    A copy of the user guide is currently available online. In the New Year, the council will also be running workshops to explain the guidance for people living and working in the conservation area and to discuss how to look after historic buildings and make changes appropriately, including when planning permission is required.