Residents have been invited to give their views on a proposed development of state-of-the-art modular homes on the former Weighbridge site between Cook Road and Richard Ryan Place, Dagenham.

The plans developed by Be First, the council’s pioneering regeneration company, will deliver 92 temporary accommodation flats for homeless people on the council’s housing waiting list.

In a first for the borough, the new one, two and three bedroom flats will be built using the latest off-site, factory construction methods.  This technique means that the new homes will be high quality and quick to build.  If the council gives the scheme the go-ahead, Be First expects the homes to be built from start to finish within nine months.

The plans include residents parking office accommodation, cycle parking hubs and landscaping with play space on a site that has been derelict for many years.

Be First’s Managing Director, Pat Hayes, explains: “We plan to use the most modern techniques to build temporary new homes for homeless people on the council’s housing waiting list.

“It means we can build top quality housing quickly for local people who need it and reduce our reliance on out-of-borough temporary accommodation placements. At the same time, we can minimise inconvenience to neighbouring residents and businesses.

“Our proposals will make sure this wasteland becomes productive and helps homeless families find a roof over their heads.”

Residents are invited to find out more and give their comments here.