A groundbreaking ceremony, attended by London deputy mayor for housing, Richard Blakeway, has marked work starting on a £78.4m scheme to build more than 400 new homes in Dagenham.
The development by Lovell at Lymington Fields in the Chadwell Heath area, will deliver 418 new homes in total by 2019 – available for a mixture of affordable rent, shared ownership and private sale.
Phase one of the development, comprising 83 new homes, is expected to be completed later this year. Affordable housing provider, Home Group, will also build 22 affordable homes and 20 shared ownership properties in the first phase.
The site, a former gravel pit and landfill site, was one of the first to be released by the mayor of London to support ambitions to unlock development on public sector land.
Architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, designed the scheme, comprising one, two, and three bedroom homes.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "This is one of the largest regeneration projects ever seen in Dagenham and will transform this site into hundreds of much needed new low-cost homes."
The City of London Corporation is about to buy Barking Power Station site in east London for around £125 million, according to Property Week.
A £25 million grant for Barking and Dagenham Council will help it support new housebuilding over the next four years.
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