A plan to build high quality, below market price homes, a community space and a nursey on the site of a former Royal British Legion (RBL) hall and adjacent flats has been agreed by Barking and Dagenham Council’s planning committee.

The 64 new homes will replace the existing 18 flats on Jervis Court and the ex-RBL land on Rectory Road, Dagenham.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said: “A hundred years ago after the First World War this borough became famous for building homes fit for heroes at Becontree Heath.

“The decision shows that today, we are carrying on this proud tradition of building great homes for working people.”

The new homes range from one-bedroom flats to three and four-bedroom maisonettes and town houses with rents, starting from £159 a week.

The development also features:

  • 17 high quality family size homes
  • 644m2 of community space
  • A nursery for local residents
  • South-facing landscaped treelined courtyard
  • 110 cycle storage spaces

Sarah Beth Riley, Associate Architect at Be First said: “This development is a successful addition to the streets of Dagenham as it places community at the heart of design. It has all the right ingredients for joyful family life.”

Paul Karakusevic, Partner at Karakusevic Carson Architects, said: “Having worked closely with Be First and the local community over the past 12 months, we are delighted that planning has been approved for Jervis Court, a project which will form an important part of the wider programme of building high-quality, affordable homes in Dagenham.

“Family sized housing in new projects is vital to local communities, and as such, the scheme provides 17 family sized dwellings, several in a carefully considered terrace of townhouses, as well as providing space for a creche and community space.

“All homes will be dual aspect and have access to their own private outdoor space as well as a beautiful south facing communal garden.”

The existing tenants and leaseholders will be offered the Right to Return and the council will support the tenants to find alternative homes that meet their housing needs.


*London Affordable Rent price for 2020/21.