Building work has started on 63 new homes in one of the most affordable developments in London.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, who was at the site in Oxlow Lane in Dagenham, said: “It’s great to see work get underway on these new homes for local people.

“The rents will be among the lowest in London and with the new heating system, which will keep down energy costs, these homes will be among the most affordable in the capital.”

Rents for the new homes will start from around £160 a week for a one bedroom flat at today’s prices and they will be heated by an air source heat pump – meaning they will be gas free.

Cllr Rodwell said: “Due to a volatile political climate, gas prices are rising so it’s even more important now our homes are energy secure.”

The 63 homes will consist of 19 one bedroom, 29 two bedroom and 15 three bedroom flats. The development will be 100 percent affordable with 35 per cent on London Affordable Rent.

Jake Robson, Development Manager at Be First, said: “We are happy to start work on another development which will provide great, green and affordable homes for local people.”

John Moore, Mulalley Managing Director New Build said: “Mulalley is proud to be working on the Oxlow Lane project for Be First, delivering much needed high quality, sustainable affordable housing to meet local needs.”

Building work is currently scheduled to be finished by December 2023.