The first 3,300 homes at the Barking Riverside site in east London have finally been approved by the Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Barking and Dagenham council

Barking Riverside is a joint venture between the Homes and Communities Agency and Bellway. The developer said work on the 10,800-home £3.5bn scheme, designed by Sheppard Robson and KCAP/Maccreanor Lavington, would begin at the end of this year.