When building on a floodplain it is always a matter of when not if.
A new suburb the “size of Windsor” is being planned for Barking Riverside, the site of the old Barking Power station, according to a report in the Financial Times.
The Barking Riverside site is sandwiched between two sewage works and a power station
Some 10,800 homes are being planned for the 179-hectare site by the housing association London & Quadrant in association with the Greater London Authority. The report states that £70m will be invested in extending the London Overground rail line to the site. But no mention is made on how much will be invested in flood defences.
Nor does it say that the site is sandwiched between sewage works on either side of the river and a power station and the Ford Motor works to the east.
It is part of the Mayor of London’s ambition for a City in the East that also makes no mention…
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