PARKING SIDE UP! Over 90 affordable homes in…

Transport for London (TfL) is putting their heads together with renovation specialist, Vistry Partnership, and housing association, Peabody, on proposals that could provide more than 90 new affordable homes in Barkingside, Redbridge.


Much needed in the capital, these homes are set to be a group of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes that will span across three buildings.


Ray Toft, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships London said: “Barkingside Yard is a great example of true partnership work, we are partnering with TfL and Peabody Housing Trust to create new homes in an affordable housing development, which can only be a good thing for the locals here. At Redbridge, we are really excited to continue our work in the region and look forward to working with our partners now and in the future.”


The proposed residential development will mostly cover the area used as a construction space located adjacent to the Barkingside tube station and will be car-free for residents, with the exception of parking spaces with a blue badge. The positioning of this development site will be a great relief to those residents who are looking for easy access to the central line and several bus routes.


A Brief History of Barkingside


Barkingside is an interwar suburb located in the southwest corner of Fairlop Plain. The name Barkingside was first recorded in 1538, and is derived from its location on the Barking side of the Hainault Forest, on the border of the old parish.


Two non-league football clubs, Redbridge FC and Newbury Forest FC, play at Oakside Stadium adjacent to Barkingside Tube Station, while the recreational grounds at Mossford Green are one of the most popular open spaces in the area.


A small grassy space at the end of Main Street Virginia Gardens, known as Pocket Garden, is a well-known local landscape, consisting of trees, mixed shrubs, and a Christmas tree. This was a project completed in 2014, partially funded by the GLA Pocket Parks Program. Ken’s Aston Square, nestled between the recreation center and the distinctive Grade II listed circular library, and Pocket Park was an outcome of the Barkingside renovation project.

Barkingside is better


The new homes will be a mix of shared ownership, which provides an affordable route to home ownership, and affordable rent London, which provides low-cost rental housing to support low-income families through the setting of rent levels by the Mayor of London. These rents are much lower than the open market rents.


Carefully designed by Sheppard Robson Architects, the broader proposals will also use a small area of ​​the park to enhance the public area surrounding Barkingside Underground Station. To accommodate this development, there will be provisions for new pedestrian crossings along the Station Approach, which will be intended only for residents or the public, and proposals have been prepared to contribute to the future play space at Fairlop Waters Country Park – a huge advantage for the local community.


Jonathan Cornelius, Head of Real Estate Development at TfL, was pleased with the recent developments and commented: “We are excited to be working with Vistry Partnerships and Peabody as they share these new plans to deliver a new affordable housing scheme in Barkingside, which will help address the home shortage on urgently. We look forward to engaging with the local community and stakeholders on these proposals.”


Development plans for the future


Sustainability is included throughout the design, the developers insist, with the incorporation of air source heat pumps, green roofs, new allotments, and public parks available to residents.


Peabody’s regional managing director, James McMillor, commented: “We look forward to working with local residents to further develop our plans for high quality new homes. The scheme will include green spaces including public parks and allotments that will build on existing local biodiversity and improve the health and well-being of our residents.”


“We hope that our partnership with Vistry Partnerships and Transport for London will create a new sustainable neighborhood with affordable homes that will benefit the residents of Redbridge.”


Together this will help improve the local biodiversity along with much of the existing flora being maintained and enhanced.


A number of advisory events – digital and in-person – were held throughout June to get feedback from the local audience about the plans.


Selected by GLA’s London Development Panel 2, Vistry Partnerships and Peabody – one of the UK’s oldest housing associations – form part of TfL’s broader commercial development programme. This is set to see thousands of “quality new homes” built on its land across the capital, providing an average of 50% of affordable housing across its entire portfolio.


TfL currently has over 1,650 homes under construction with work expected to start this fiscal year at 12 additional locations that will provide an additional 2,400 homes.


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