Residents and neighbours of two housing estates are being invited to get involved in designing new homes for local people at a series of drop-in events starting next week.

The events follow a decision to build new homes at the junction of Roxwell Road and Stebbing Way, Barking, and at the corner of Oxlow Lane and Rainham Road North, Dagenham, after the recent consultations revealed that in each case a substantial majority of residents favoured a redevelopment of the sites.

Architects and staff from Be First will be at the drop-ins to discuss the initial designs for providing top quality homes with residents. And, since existing residents have the right to return once the estates have been rebuilt, many will be playing a part in designing their own new homes.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, explained: “Based on the recent consultations with residents, there was a lot of dissatisfaction with these flats so I’m delighted we have the opportunity to rebuild these homes.

“Returning residents will be offered modern, new homes with equivalent rents and tenancy conditions, and will have the opportunity to get involved in designing the new buildings.”

The drop-in sessions are planned as follows:

For Roxwell Road and Stebbing Way

Thursday 17 October
2.30 – 7.30pm
Thames View Community Hall
Bastable Avenue
Barking IG11 0LH

For Oxlow Lane and Rainham Road North

Monday 21 October
2.30pm to 7.30pm
Eastbrook Community Centre (Wantz Hall)
Rainham Road North,
Dagenham, RM10 7DX