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18/03/2021

Deal will see 1,550 affordable homes built in Dagenham

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a deal that will see 1,550 affordable homes built on the former Dagenham Stamping Plan cart works site in East London.

An £80 million grant from the mayor’s Affordable Housing Programme has enabled housing association Peabody to acquire the 45-acre site. The development will provide a mix of tenures, including London Affordable Rent and shared ownership.

Current landowner Europa Capital has undertaken a four-year ground remediation project to extract more than 322,000 tonnes of material from the site, 98 per cent of which was recycled.

Although the housing association’s plans are in the early stage, it is anticipated that the site could deliver 3,000 homes. It is located next to Dagenham Dock train station.

Working alongside the local community, Barking and Dagenham Council, BeFirst and City Hall, Peabody wishes to create a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood that “complements” the wider regeneration in the borough.

A new public park, greenways and opportunities for learning, leisure, play and work locally are also included in the plans.

The project is part of Peabody’s partnership with the Mayor of London to start 7,000 new affordable homes for London by 2023, including in Thamesmead and at the former Holloway Prison in Islington.

Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “The Ford Stamping Plant was, and always will be, a big part of our borough’s history. The now-derelict site will be put to good use, making way for much-needed homes for local people."

“Accelerating housebuilding has always been a priority for us here in Barking and Dagenham, and this is another positive step forward, alongside the 3,000 new homes being built by the council itself by 2024.”

PRP has been appointed as the masterplanner. Subject to final confirmation of the sale, construction on the site will start by March 2023.

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