Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has selected Countryside and London and Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Trust to redevelop Beam Park – the site of a former, now derelict Ford factory plant in Dagenham.
The 29-ha scheme will see 3,000 homes, a new train station on the C2C line and community facilities developed.
The Greater London Authority said the homes will be mixed tenure, with over 35 per cent affordable and a “significant proportion” available for shared ownership.
Johnson said: “Four years ago, this impressive site hid one of the biggest secrets ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, when it was used for opening ceremony rehearsals and is now set to be transformed into a thriving new neighbourhood.
"As well as much needed new homes of every tenure, the brand new station will whisk residents into central London in record time – and the development will include mass green public space along the River Beam.”
Countryside and L&Q were selected from a shortlist of four developers, as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the mayor to accelerate the delivery of housing in London.
The new train station will be open by 2020 and will enable people to reach central London in 20 minutes. Improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists will be developer, as well as two energy centres.
Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said: “Barking and Dagenham, as London’s growth opportunity, has a crucial role to play in meeting London’s increasing housing and infrastructure needs. Beam Park is one of seven growth hubs in our borough, which will deliver in total 35,000 homes and 10,000 jobs.”
This scheme will provide some much needed regeneration and investment to south Dagenham, creating a vibrant and exciting new neighbourhood which will also benefit the existing community and wider area.”
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.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, has welcomed the decision to approve the proposed Beam Park…