Consultation gets underway on latest plans for the Gascoigne neighbourhood

Local people are being invited to give their views on the designs for the latest phases of new homes in the Gascoigne neighbourhood.

The plans, developed by the Council’s regeneration organisation, Be First, set out ideas for more than 440 top quality new homes set in an attractive green landscape.

They focus on three areas.

  • The first is for over 90 new homes and a community centre on the corner of Ripple Road and St Pauls Road, opposite Lidl and close to the town centre.
  • There are also plans for the area around The Coverdales, behind the Orchard Surgery where a diverse range of around 350 new homes are planned with new tree-lined streets and an open space adjacent to the school.
  • There are also outline designs for the area between Dovehouse Mead and St Edwards Road.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said: “We have drawn up some initial ideas for each of these areas, and we expect to submit a planning application for The Coverdales and for Ripple Corner in the summer. But before we do, we’d like residents to share their views.

“We have set up a website and produced a video to explain our thinking, but we are consulting very early in the process to make sure that what local people say about them can really influence the designs and layout of these exciting new homes.”

The website, which provides a range of information about the project, and including a survey and ideas platform, is at



Landmark development in heart of Barking approaches half-way point

Building work on a new affordable housing development in the heart of Barking is gathering pace.

The new development in Linton Road, which will feature 169 affordable homes, has hit a significant milestone with frames of two lower story blocks now complete and the main 21 storey tower has reached 11 floors.

Iain Ferguson, Commercial Director at Be First, said: “Despite the challenges of Covid and Brexit this flagship development is on track. Once built it will be a major landmark delivering quality affordable homes in the beating heart of a buzzing new Barking.”

Simon Phipps of McLaren, who are building the development said: “We are immensely proud of the progress made so far, during one of the most challenging environments in recent history. Our current success would not have been possible without the total support of BeFirst and the collaboration of our supply chain and workforce, many of whom are local East London companies and residents.”

The Linton Road development is part of a wider programme being delivered by Be First which will make Barking and Dagenham the biggest builder of social housing in London.