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MP Gavin Barwell sees great potential at Barking Riverside


Minister for Housing and Planning, Gavin Barwell received a warm welcome to Barking Riverside by representatives of Barking Riverside Ltd (BRL), London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) and Barking and Dagenham Council on Monday 26 September.


MP Gavin Barwell arranged a visit to learn about one of the most ambitious regeneration developments in the UK, which also recently had its Master Plan approved by the Mayor of London on the 5 September.


Speaking on a visit to the site, Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: “It’s fantastic to see the potential that this development will have in providing thousands of desperately needed homes. But for me it’s also really interesting to see the complexities involved in such large sites.  So I intend to take up some of these issues in terms of the National Grid pylons issue and key linkages between infrastructure in this case and see what explicit deals we can make to help communities build more homes by helping to improve the infrastructure.”


Matt Carpen, Project Director of BRL said: “It was a pleasure to welcome MP Gavin Barwell to Barking Riverside and talk through the background, scope and future ambitions of the project.”


Andy Rowland, Development Director at L&Q said: “It was great to share with the Minister how L&Q plans to help shape the future of one of the UK’s largest developments and create a whole new community.  Once completed Barking Riverside will provide up to 11,000 much needed quality homes for all Londoners, and will become a new destination for the capital which will open up the area’s stunning river-fronted landscape.  Barking Riverside is a significant step on the way to L&Q’s goal to create 100,000 new homes in the next ten years to suit everyone’s needs, and will offer a whole range of options from homes for sale and rent on the open market to genuinely affordable homes for local people.”