New plans for huge new Barking village approved

New plans for a huge 1,000-home village have been approved by an East London council. Massive new towers will be built in Barking on the site of the old Abbey Retail Park on Abbey Road.

The latest plans have added new homes and made changes to parking spaces for residents in the new neighbourhood. The Abbey Park village will see a number of buildings as tall as 29 storeys built along the banks of the River Roding close to Barking Tube and Overground station. The new neighbourhood will also have a central plaza and small parks between the buildings and the waterfront. 

The latest plans for the scheme were approved unanimously by a Barking and Dagenham Council planning meeting on April 25. Council planning officers recommended the village for approval, saying that it would be a boost for residents in the East London borough.

The new towers will offer residents one, two and three-bedroom flats. The council said that 35 per cent of the homes would be “affordable” for London residents. Many other features will also be on offer for residents, including a gym, a riverside walkway and “plant rooms”. The buildings will also include over 1,000 square metres of office space. 

The latest plans have taken away around 600 square metres of non-residential space to add 29 new flats. The towers and surrounding area are being built by developer Weston Homes. The group said the Abbey Road plans would be a great step in regenerating Barking.

Bob Weston, the developer’s chairman and chief executive, said in an article released by the company: “The regeneration of this important Gateway site into a new waterfront urban village adjacent to Barking Town Centre forms part of the Borough Council’s vision of bringing aspirational waterfront living and regeneration to Barking.”

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell added: “This is great news, and while we would need more detail, it’s another sign that Barking and Dagenham is booming.” Planning permission for the Abbey Retail Park scheme was first approved in January 2020.


Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter