Why Barking and Dagenham?
Great connectionsExcellent road and rail links mean we are just 15 minutes from the City of London, the M25 and London City Airport
AffordabilityWe have the cheapest property and land in the capital
Room to growUp to 400 hectares of developable land
Positive about developmentThe 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.
Barking Town Centre and the River Roding
A town centre reborn with an improved station as its gateway. The potential to be a great place to live, work, shop and relax with aspiration to attract markets, merchants, makers and more.
A strong focus on food will improve Barking’s offer generating employment and inclusive growth. Roding Riverside will restore the river’s importance to Barking, being the creative and cultural heart of Barking town centre, with new homes and jobs for local people.
Castle Green has potential to deliver a major new community with around 10,000 new homes, new jobs, supported by community infrastructure and new green space. The eastern section contains the existing Euro-hub site with opportunities for enhanced rail/freight links from Europe and onward across the UK by rail or road.
Development is currently blighted by the existing A13 and especially the Lodge Avenue flyover which severs the borough, dividing communities. The borough is working with key stakeholders including the Government to examine options to replace the flyover, which is no longer fit-for-purpose and a safety hazard.
Plans include undergrounding the A13 to remove the physical severance, as part of a comprehensive masterplan solution benefiting Castle Green, the London Riverside Area and beyond with improved connections. The solution would be part of an overall transport vision for the area, including a new overground station at Castle Green and supported by additional public transport and cycling and walking links to create a new, sustainable community.
Thames Road and The Factory District
Transforming a dated industrial area into the Factory District providing employment space and homes fit for the future and connecting Barking Riverside to the rest of the Borough. The area is beginning to take shape with the building of Industria and 12 Thames Road – showcasing models of industrial intensification (Industria) and co-location -residential and employment (12 Thames Road).
Intensified and improved industrial space will deliver more and better jobs, delivering modern space for future industries including our growth sectors of creative industries and food and also bringing vibrant communities together through co-location and growth of space for creative workspace.
We want to hear from developers who will look to intensify land use and optimise site potential, including multistorey industrial and co-located industrial and residential uses while providing high quality, mixed tenure housing for local people.
With the coming of London’s largest film studios, this area is the focus of repositioning the local economy away from traditional manufacturing towards growth sectors where we can become known regionally, if not nationally, as a centre where the fusion of film/media, science, data, technology, research and learning supports economic growth, delivers thousands of new jobs and training pathways for local people as well as providing associated facilities which support its growth and benefit residents.
Dagenham Village – the historic core of Dagenham offers the potential for sensitive new development to enhance the area’s identity.
Dagenham Dock and Beam Park
A home to the next generation of London’s sustainable industries. Anchored by London’s iconic wholesale markets and the Thames Freeport, interwoven with unique international rail accessibility. This is an unrivalled opportunity for intensification, investment and international rail freight offering potential for thousands more jobs.
Beam Park, Dagenham Green and Merrieland Crescent are being transformed from former Ford industrial land into new communities with associated facilities.
Chadwell Heath and Marks Gate
The Elizabeth line serving Chadwell Heath generates opportunities to better use the industrial land nearby to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs benefitting from improved accessibility. This will add new services and social infrastructure and renewal the public realm stitching into existing communities.
Marks Gate will be sensitively improved and better connected to the borough through new development, transport and public realm improvements.