Dagenham Green given green light for first phase
Peabody has secured planning permission for the first phase of Dagenham Green, with plans to build 935 homes on the site of the former Ford stamping plant, subject to Environment Agency approval.
The first phase of the development will be in the south west corner of the site in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, next to Dagenham Dock railway station, and will serve as the gateway to the wider masterplan area which has obtained planning approval in March. 2022.
Award-winning homebuilder The Hill Group has entered into a joint venture partnership with Peabody to deliver the project and will begin work on the first phase early next year.
Delivered in phases, the development will provide more than 3,500 homes, of which 1,640 will be affordable homes to rent and buy for locals. The first phase will offer just over a quarter of the total number of new homes, and of these 935 homes, 35% of which will be affordable.
Parks and play areas are a key part of the first phase, contributing 10 acres of public realm and landscaping with 15,000 m² of play space in the larger master plan. This will include a heritage trail in the public realm and design representation in buildings to honor the legacy of the women of Dagenham who led the fight for equal pay through strikes in 1968 and 1984.
Homes will be centered around these open green spaces, including a new urban park that will include a large pond to reflect the area’s waterfront heritage with a promenade, framed by terraces, and open space. There will also be a children’s play area inspired by water and the natural landscape, and a market square to link Dagenham Green to nearby Dagenham Dock station.
There will also be over 1,600 m² of non-residential space, with activities and places to meet and spend quality time, as well as new cycle and pedestrian paths to improve connectivity.
James McMylor, regional general manager of development at Peabody, said: “This is an exciting step towards creating a vibrant and welcoming new community on the site of the former Ford stamping plant, which has been made possible through genuine collaboration with local people, the council and the mayor of London.
“Peabody is committed to making the community of Dagenham Green work for new and existing residents, many of whom had a say in the proposals during the consultation, helping us better understand the aspirations and needs of the local community.
“The site will reflect the rich heritage of Dagenham, focusing on the history of the natural landscape, the history of motoring and the cultural history of the area. The first phase is inspired by the swamp and will honor the legacy of the women who took part in the Ford Sewing Machinist Strikes.
“It’s really important for us to recognize and build on this history while providing high quality new homes, a new public realm and a variety of much needed green space. »
Andy Hill, Managing Director of The Hill Group, said: “This major new project will have a transformative impact on the Dagenham area and create an exciting new community for East London. We look forward to drawing on our extensive experience and expertise in delivering high quality, large-scale regeneration projects to deliver a program that the people of Barking & Dagenham can be proud of. We are also excited to further strengthen our partnership with Peabody, with whom we have an excellent track record of collaboratively delivering premier urban developments. »
Barking and Dagenham Council Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “Where Ford once had its stamping plant, we will see new affordable homes and key facilities including a new secondary school and medical center in Dagenham Green. This is an exciting development, providing more opportunities for local families as well as the new film studios and iconic City of London markets coming to the borough.
“This Peabody project will also see more green space with the development of a new city park, children’s play area and new cycle and pedestrian paths as we continue to make Barking and Dagenham a greener borough.
“It’s wonderful to see that the site’s heritage will be embraced, ensuring that the brave women involved in the 1968 Ford Machinists’ Strike are commemorated for their role in implementing the landmark 1970 equal pay. I look forward to these new homes, which will breathe new life into this once historic site.
Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Regeneration, said“The Mayor and I are delighted that this development is underway, which will see over 3,500 new homes built in Dagenham Green – half of which will be affordable to rent or buy.
“With prices soaring and a rental market under considerable pressure, we need more high-quality, genuinely affordable accommodation, and this is a fantastic step towards building a better London for all.”
Manisha Patel, Senior Partner at PRP Architects, said: “We are delighted that Dagenham Green Phase 1 has been given the green light. Place-making was central to the design, with distinctive high-quality architecture developed in conjunction with Pitman Tozer, Lyndon Goode and HTA leading the landscape proposals.
“This will advance the first phase of transforming the former brownfield into a new connected urban community centered on sustainable social amenities, active uses and a public realm. The integrated approach to homes and open spaces will improve health and well-being, encourage communities to stick together, and meet diverse needs by providing innovative, high-quality home typologies that can adapt to different modes of life and changes in family structures.