Ninety-two new homes for local homeless people will be built at pace on a former weighbridge after councillors gave the thumbs up to plans at Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee last week.  

The new modular built homes will be delivered at the site in Cook Road, Dagenham, before the end of the year.  

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council said: “These new homes will house local homeless people.  

“And as they are modular and largely built off site quickly it means a local homeless person or family will have a decent roof over their heads by Christmas. 

“We are proud we will be building up to 80 per cent of our homes at affordable prices for local people, which is way above the GLA target.” 

The homes feature 24 one-bedroom flats, 36 two-bedroom flats and 32-three-bedroom homes. They will also house local people on a temporary basis who have been registered homeless in the borough.  

Tom Mather, Construction Director at Be First, said: “We’re going to get moving fast on this project as well as others. Be First is about delivering at pace for the benefit of the people of Barking and Dagenham.” 

Be First will be delivering nearly 2,680 homes over the next four years in which 80 per cent will be affordable – which is way above the 50 per cent GLA target.