Plans for creative homes go to Barking and Dagenham Council

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Plans were unveiled last week for affordable artists’ houses backed by Turner prize winner Grayson Perry.

Consultation has opened on plans to build innovative and affordable homes for artists in Barking town centre.

The proposal for the £3.5 million ‘artists house’ has been developed by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, together with Create London.

It will see 12 below market rate apartments constructed in Linton Road, Barking to provide homes for artists with workshops and a community arts space.

Pat Hayes, Managing Director for Be First, said: “Barking is fast becoming London’s hotspot for the creative industries which are being priced out of the capital, thanks to sky high rents in Hackney, Haggerston or Hoxton.

“This truly inspiring and affordable new development will allow artists to flourish here, to engage with local people and to strengthen the creative industry.”

Grayson Perry, who will help to develop a programme of activity for the artists, said: “This is a golden opportunity for artists who want to work with the public, with lovely studios available for six years. With the right artists working in a real place with real people, who knows where it will go? It’s a new artistic model.”

Hadrian Garrard, Director of Create London, said: “Barking has huge potential for providing space for artists and creative businesses in a way that really benefits local people.”

The new proposals will be subject to planning approval by Barking and Dagenham Council and are open for consultation until May 21. A decision is expected in the late spring and, if successful, artists will be invited to apply in the summer.

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