Applying the EDG in practice: Garden Communities

Barking Riverside Case Study

Development name: Barking Riverside

Location: Barking, London

Size: 179 Hectares

Accommodation type: 10,800 homes,  mixed size and style including houses and apartments

This development provides a great example of mixed-tenure housing with innovative design and facilities. It offers a mix of affordable and market homes suitable for everyone from young professionals and private renters to families and the older generation. There are south-facing riverside views and a network of open spaces.

Barking Riverside has won awards for its design and layout, and benefits from new bus transport links and amenities. As the hub of a new community, the Rivergate Centre provides schooling and neighbourhood facilities, including health centres, places of worship and community leisure and sports facilities. These, in addition to the open spaces and parkland, help inspire a sense of community that offers all residents a better way of living.

To improve the sense of community ownership, the Barking Riverside Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) was set up in 2009 following the start of preparation for the development. The intention was for the company to inherit the common parts of the Barking Riverside estate and own the asset for the benefit of the community. This will include maintaining the estate, promoting and organising community events and generating estate income.

Barking Riverside is an excellent example that delivers the EDG's Garden Communities ten key principles:

  • Land value capture for the benefit of the community.
  • Strong vision, leadership and community engagement.
  • Community ownership of land and long-term stewardship of assets.
  • Mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are genuinely affordable.
  • A wide range of local jobs in the garden city within easy commuting distance of homes.
  • Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of town and country to create healthy communities, and including opportunities to grow food.
  • Development that enhances the natural environment, providing a comprehensive green infrastructure network and net biodiversity gains, and which uses zero-carbon and energy-positive technology to ensure climate resilience.
  • Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods.
  • Integrated and accessible transport systems, with walking, cycling and public transport designed to be the most attractive forms for local journeys.

More information can be found on the Barking Riverside website.

Page updated: 4/12/2019

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