Shopping centre plans approved to transform Barking town centre

Plans to redevelop Vicarage Field shopping centre have been given the green light following a meeting of Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee last night (16 January 2017).

In order to secure outline planning permission the application now needs to be referred back to the Mayor of London for a final decision and a Section 106 legal agreement needs to be completed.

The redevelopment of Vicarage Field retail centre in Barking town centre – will feature around 900 new homes, a state of the art shopping, dining and leisure destination and, at the heart, a ‘field’ with shared communal garden for residents, orchards and play spaces.

Councillor Dominic Twomey, deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This redevelopment really puts the green in to Vicarage Fields. It paves the way for a 21st century retail experience, balancing the needs of consumers and brings with it entertainment outlets, homes for Londoners, amazing green leisure facilities and up to 1,000 new jobs for local people.”

Peter Cornforth, Director of Retail at Benson Elliot, said: “We welcome the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre site in Barking town centre.

“This follows a full engagement programme with communities and the Council and we look forward to continuing this dialogue as we progress towards the next stage.

This comprehensive redevelopment of the site will deliver new homes for the Borough as well as a host of shopping, leisure and community facilities and up to 1,000 new jobs, all of which will significantly benefit the local area.”

The development also includes a 150 bed hotel; affordable space for start-up businesses, a 650 seat cinema, a gym, a music venue; a three form entry primary school and new healthcare facilities.

In approving the outline scheme, in response to the concerns of the community, councillors agreed to a range of safeguards on noise and construction methods to minimise disruption to local residents and to local businesses.  They also specified that the detailed design would have to meet the Design Code to ensure that the development is of an exemplary quality to justify the location, heights and density.