South Dagenham

City Hall backs plans for 3,000 new east London homes

City Hall has approved a development for up to 3,000 new homes in south Dagenham, east London.

The redevelopment of the former Ford assembly site at Beam Park will consist of 50% affordable homes and include a brand new neighbourhood for the area, with a new rail station, two primary schools, a nursery, community facilities, retail and open spaces.

The proportion of genuinely affordable homes for the development was raised from 35% to 50% as a result of negotiations between City Hall and the site’s developers L&Q and Countryside.

The development crosses the border between Barking and Dagenham Council and Havering Council. 

Barking and Dagenham approved the development, but Havering had concerns regarding how it would impact the character of the local area due to the height of the proposed buildings.

However, Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, said: “This is a large, very important site and these plans will deliver 3,000 much-needed new homes, along with transport, schools and community facilities to help make this a liveable and attractive new neighbourhood for this part of east London.

“Having weighed up the evidence available to me and given the overall importance of the application, I have decided to grant approval.

“The wider area around Beam Park has the potential to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs, and could play a crucial role in London’s economy in the decades to come.”

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