BARKING and Dagenham council has given the official all-clear to the first phase of the 100 million Barking Reach redevelopment in east London.
Bellway will start by building 55 houses at Thames Road for the East London Housing Association.
The council will soon be running the rule over the next phase of the development which entails 473 homes and it is understood that plans are well advanced for a third phase of 500-600 houses.
The redevelopment is a joint-venture between the council, Bellway and National Power.
The aim is to provide about 5,000 homes as well as leisure and retail facilities on the 320 ha site.
The redevelopment project recently received a grant of 8 million from English Partnerships, the government development agency.