Shopping centre plans approved to transform Barking town centre

Plans to redevelop Vicarage Field shopping centre in Barking have been given the green light.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee has approved the scheme which will see the revamped retail centre feature around 900 new homes, state-of-the-art shopping, dining and leisure destination and a ‘field’ with shared communal garden for residents, orchards and play spaces.

The development, which also includes a 150 bed hotel, affordable space for start-up businesses, a 650 seat cinema, a gym, a music venue, a three form entry primary school and new healthcare facilities.

Councillor Dominic Twomey, deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This redevelopment really puts the green into Vicarage Field.

"It paves the way for a 21st century retail experience and brings with it entertainment outlets, homes for Londoners, amazing green leisure facilities and up to 1,000 new jobs for local people.”

Peter Cornforth, director of retail at Benson Elliot, said: “We welcome the council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre site in Barking town centre.

“This follows a full engagement programme with communities and the council and we look forward to continuing this dialogue as we progress towards the next stage.

“This comprehensive redevelopment of the site will deliver new homes for the borough as well as a host of shopping, leisure and community facilities and up to 1,000 new jobs, all of which will significantly benefit the local area.”

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