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New town could be built on industrial estate in Chadwell Heath

An artists impression of how the new town might appear (Credit: Haptic Architects)

An industrial estate in Chadwell Heath could be redeveloped into a large new town. 

Haptic Architects, working for the local council’s development company Be First, has unveiled two different master plans for the industrial site southeast of Chadwell Heath station. 

The first option would provide 4,150 new homes and a large amount of retail and community space while option two would deliver 3,632 properties and a smaller amount of office space. 

Both schemes would provide new primary and secondary schools, deliver a large amount of industrial space and see Asda moved to the heart of the site. 

Saw Mill will help build homes in Chadwell Heath (Credit: Haptic Architects)

Chadwell Heath is one of the largest remaining regeneration opportunities near a Crossrail station and the area will be linked to central London via the Elizabeth line when it opens in 2022. 

The area near the station has been named “Arrival Square” and could feature a new industrial-led workplace called “Saw Mill”.

“The grand hall spills out on the public square and green spine,” reads a statement in Haptic Architects plan. 

“This new factory for-the-future could deliver the homes at Chadwell Heath, through modern methods of construction and in turn provide employment and education to the area.

“The improved and intensified industrial space at Chadwell Heath will provide a home for London’s future industries – a toolbox for London. It will target young people and young families to create life and vibrancy, with affordable homes and workplaces.”

An artists impression of Market Square (Credit: Haptic Architects)

The entire development will be built around a central “Market Square” which will feature new homes, restaurants and a cafe. 

It will have playspace as well as room for performances and pop-ups. Streets are also going to be designed for pedestrian and cycle movement. 

“Wellbeing is at the heart of this placemaking vision and this new transformation will prioritise major green arteries that connect from the surroundings and station, converging on a central Market Square, via new parks and pocket squares,” reads the report. 

Be First is running a consultation on the two masterplans that you can respond to online here. It runs until Sunday, 28 November.

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