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Dagenham Ford factory to be replaced with 3,500 homes

The scheme will create a linear park, central green and piazza (Credit: Peabody)

Barking and Dagenham Council has approved plans to build a new village on the site of the original Ford Factory in Dagenham.

Developer Peabody intends to build 3,500 homes, a secondary school and offices on the site near Dagenham Dock station.

The project, called Dagenham Green, will also develop shops, restaurants and a five acre central urban park within Chequers Lane, New Road and Kent Avenue. 

Just under half of the properties will be classified as “affordable” and they will primarily consist of one and two-bedroom flats. There will also be 63 four-bedroom apartments, all of which will be available for London Affordable Rent. 

An outline of the development (Credit: Peabody)

Councillor Cameron Geddes praised the scheme for providing 775 properties for London Affordable Rent. 

“We lose just over 200 properties into which we can house people from our housing waiting transfer lists every year so this brings back three years worth of those properties that will be lost to that,” he said.

“With 63 proposedly four beds, that’s the area where we had the most pressure, the most overcrowding, the really difficult family circumstances so I really do hope we can keep those figures going.” 

Ford’s car factory produced 11 million vehicles before being closed and eventually demolished in 2013.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved an outline planning application at a meeting last night. 

The Greater London Authority will now consider the proposals.

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