Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of London’s eastward growth, attracting developers and investors to the most affordable and accessible opportunities in the whole of the Southeast.

With 400 hectares of development land, we plan to provide 50,000 high quality new homes and 20,000 new jobs within the next 20 years.

Our expert team of planners, developers and project managers provide a comprehensive range of professional services and expert local knowledge to help you to get involved.

Be First to seize the opportunity

About Us

Our mission is to accelerate regeneration in the borough, so that no-one is left behind.

We aim to ensure that 50,000 new homes are built, and 20,000 new jobs created in the next 20 years.

Our services

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  • Development and development management
  • Investment funding and partnerships
  • Land acquisition and site assembly
  • Pre-planning and planning services

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  • Masterplanning and design briefs
  • Marketing and borough promotion
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Bid writing

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  • Delivery of capital projects and project management in a range of sectors including housing, decent homes, education and civil engineering

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Opportunities

More than 400 hectares of land is available for development, and we have ambitious plans to provide more than 50,000 high quality new homes and 20,000 new jobs within the next 20 years, concentrated in five growth hubs.

Barking Town Centre

The Town Centre’s strategic position – just 15 minutes from the City of London – means that the area is experiencing huge growth. It can provide a further 4,000 homes and drive growth in the retail, leisure and creative industries. It promises to become a thriving new centre for east London.

Key development opportunities include London Road, the area around and above Barking station, and the Vicarage Field shopping centre

The nearby Roding Riverside provides an opportunity to deliver residential, leisure and commercial development along the banks of one of London’s least known and most attractive rivers. The home of London’s original fishing fleet, this hidden gem is establishing itself as a vibrant creative hub and has the potential to become the home of an exciting wholesale food and restaurant quarter.

Becontree

This area has significant potential and some redevelopment is already underway. There are opportunities adjacent to the former Dagenham Civic centre – a listed building that is the focus of the area which has been given a new life as Coventry University's London campus - to create new student accommodation nearby and to intensify residential development in the area.

The Becontree estate itself is an under-appreciated asset, with tree-lined streets, family housing, parks and facilities all in a cottage estate style. As it reaches the 100th anniversary of its inception, there is significant potential to renew its former glory as one of the most successful 20th Century housing developments. We will co-ordinate plans to refurbish existing homes and develop new model homes for the 21st century. There are particular redevelopment opportunities at the various district centres.

Castle Green

A developer is working on plans to create a tunnel for a 1.3km stretch of the A13, London’s main eastern route out to the M25. This would enable the creation of an exciting new mixed-use neighbourhood with a station, capable of delivering more than 5,000 homes and 1,200 jobs. The proposals would transform and regenerate an underused and traffic-blighted area and provide a link between Barking town centre and Barking Riverside.

Chadwell Heath Crossrail Zone

The Chadwell Heath area in the north of the borough offers several estate renewal and other development opportunities. Chadwell Heath industrial estate, next to the new Crossrail station, is a major opportunity for new mixed-use development 20 mins from the City of London.

Just to the north, the Marks Gate estate is in need of renewal, and has a number of underused open spaces. Neighbouring Redbridge Council has recently released areas of Green Belt land to the west of the estate, opening the possibility of joint work to regenerate this area. A comprehensive masterplanning exercise is just starting. This will look at estate regeneration and higher density housing together with new retail and leisure facilities for residents.

Dagenham East to Dagenham Dock

The Made in Dagenham Studios will be London’s largest new film and TV studios for 25 years. We have invited expressions of interest for a public destination and a ‘shiny floor’ TV studio and associated workspace, a leisure, food and beverage offer together with new housing.

North of Dagenham Dock station lies the site of the former Ford car manufacturing plants which are being prepared for residential development. They offer the opportunity to create a new part of the city with its own town centre, some 4,000 new homes, plus retail and employment space. We are keen to see the site develop at pace to complement Countryside’s 3,000 home development at Beam Park.

Dagenham Dock has significant potential for higher density employment and industrial development. It has a rail station on the C2C line and there is potential for new residential development as well as commercial space. The adjacent London Sustainable Industries Park is the UK’s largest concentration of sustainable industries and technologies, which offers an exciting destination for commercial users and the opportunity to create high quality industrial accommodation close to the M25.

Why Barking and Dagenham?

Great connections

Excellent road and rail links mean we are just 15 minutes from the City of London, the M25 and London City Airport

Affordability

We have the cheapest property and land in the capital

Room to grow

Up to 400 hectares of developable land

Positive about development

The borough is committed to support growth to provide opportunities for local people. Our expert team of planners, funders and project managers will work with you to minimise the risk and maximise the return on your investments.

Latest News

1st December

Residents and businesses have been asked to give their views on a masterplan to transform

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1st December

The council approved plans from Be First to build affordable new homes at Marks Gate last night (30

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