New plans to protect and enhance Barking's special heritage

Residents have been asked to give their views on proposed boundary changes to the Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation area and comment on a new appraisal and management plan.
The boundary changes include new buildings and spaces which add to the area’s special character as well as the removal of those which no longer contribute to the conservation area.
Colin Bannon, Town Heritage Officer said: “Barking has an ancient and illustrious history dating back to William the Conqueror.  We are proud of our past and want to preserve precious buildings and areas.  The current appraisal is over ten years old so it’s time we took another look at it to make sure it’s fit for purpose and for this we need the views of residents.”
The proposed new changes look to include Barking Town Square, removing the run-down 1960s Crown House office block and adding a number of terraced housing and shops along Ripple Road.
To view the plans go to and to make a comment email