The London borough of Barking and Dagenham Council are taking part in the GLA’s Small Sites Small Builders programme. As part of the programme, several small sites in Barking and Dagenham will be up for sale to help facilitate the creation of new homes for local people. The first tranche of five sites are now available to bidders who are small scale builders and developers.

Be First is managing this programme on behalf of Barking and Dagenham. The first five sites are listed below

Prospective bidders can find out more information by reading the Be First brochure available on their website. Once ready to bid simply visit the GLA portal.

Bidders must submit all required information and then an assessment panel made up of Be First and LBBD representatives will sift for the best bids. The bidding process will close on 13th May 2024 and winning bids will be announced in August.

The GLA’s Small Sites Small Builder’s programme provides a platform for many previously underused small sites across the whole of London owned by Councils and public land owners to be put up for sale so small developers and small builders can bid on the sites to build new homes. The programme has commitments from 15 landowners to bring sites through the GLA’s portal, with over 1,000 homes proposed throughout.

This is all part of a drive to help increase the number of homes built by small developers and builders for Londoners.

Jacob Willson, Head of Design at Be First, said: “Barking and Dagenham’s new small sites programme aims to attract innovative and sustainable proposals on small sites in the borough. Be First is looking for partners that share the council’s ambitions and increase the supply of much needed homes for local people.”

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development at Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “Our local small sites programme is really ambitious and means that we’re able to get the most out of every part of the borough.

“I can’t wait to see what comes of this as it guarantees some innovative new designs and more much needed housing for Barking and Dagenham.”