Excellent road and rail links mean we are just 15 minutes from the City of London, the M25 and London City Airport
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.
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Barking Town Centre
The town centre’s strategic position – just 15 minutes from the City of London – means that it is experiencing a huge expansion in the residential and commercial offer centred around Barking Station. With retail, creative industries and leisure opportunities at its heart, it promises to become a thriving new centre for east London.
The Roding Riverside provides an opportunity for development along the banks of one of London’s least known 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 food and restaurant quarter.
Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in London, with outline planning approval for 10,800 homes together with schools, open space and community facilities. It has 2km of River Thames frontage which will be opened up to residents for the first time. The new overground station will be in this area by 2021. It is the only NHS ‘designated ‘Healthy New Town’ in London.
We are also acquiring land in the Thames Road gateway to create some 3,000 new homes and 100 new jobs while also addressing the loss of employment land through new forms of workspace.
We have ambitious plans to build London’s largest new film and TV studios for 25 years opposite Dagenham East station. Along with a state-of-the-art film-based visitor centre and a leisure, food and beverage offer, it will generate up to 7,000 new jobs, with a broad range of skills.
Dagenham Dock has a rail station on the C2C line and has potential for new residential development as well as commercial space. The London Sustainable Industries Park offers an exciting relocation destination for commercial users and the opportunity to create high quality industrial accommodation, close to the M25.
North of Dagenham Dock station is the site of the former Ford car manufacturing plants which are being prepared for residential development. This offers the opportunity to create a new part of the city with its own town centre, 4,000 new homes, retail and employment space.
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. There are opportunities to create new student accommodation nearby and to intensify residential development in the area.
Plans are being drawn up 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 above ground, capable of delivering more than 5,000 homes and 1,200 jobs and a station. The proposals would transform and regenerate an underused and traffic-blighted area and provide a link between Barking town centre and Barking Riverside.
The arrival of Crossrail – the Elizabeth Line – at Chadwell Heath in 2021 offers several estate renewal and other development opportunities. Chadwell Heath industrial estate is a major opportunity for new mixed-use development, 20 mins from the City of London.
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, and we’re starting a comprehensive masterplanning exercise to look at estate regeneration and higher density housing together with new retail and leisure facilities for residents.
The Becontree estate itself is an under-appreciated asset, with tree-lined streets, family housing, parks and facilities all in a cottage estate style. There is significant potential to renew what is one of the most successful 20th century housing developments.