A row of seven houses for local people will be built on a former site of garages in Barking after councillors gave the green light to plans from Be First at a town hall planning committee this week.

The development in Wivenhoe Road, Barking, will feature five two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses.

Jennie Coombs, Head of Affordable Housing at Be First, said: “By making the most of brownfield sites in Barking we have turned derelict garages into genuinely affordable homes for ordinary Londoners.”

The homes will be available for rent through Barking and Dagenham Council’s lettings company, Reside, starting at discounted local market rate.

Be First will now take forward the plans to develop the site in the winter.