First look at huge 4,000-home Chadwell Heath development plan

An enormous new town could soon be built in East London after stunning new photos were unveiled.

The Chadwell Heath plan could bring over 4,000 new homes to an old industrial estate in Barking and Dagenham.

If built, the town would be one of the biggest regeneration projects next to a Crossrail station, with Chadwell Heath station set to connect with Central London via the Elizabeth line when it opens in 2022.

(Haptic Architects / Forbes Massie)

With the scheme still in consultation, people in Barking and Dagenham are being offered not one but two options for the Chadwell Heath plan.

Haptic Architects has revealed two masterplans, both of which would build new primary and secondary schools, a huge 147,000 square metres for shops and a massive new 24,000 square-metre supermarket in the middle of the town.

Option one would see 4,150 new homes built in the area as well as 32,000 square metres of office space.

The notably smaller option two would build 3,632 homes with 14,000 square metres of room for offices.

The middle of the town will feature a market square, with shops, cafes, restaurants and parks for the new resident to use.

One of the largest planned offices for the scheme is the factor-inspired Saw Mill workspace, which will offer a variety of work, education, and public spaces combined with the open square outside.

The consultation document for Chadwell Heath, published by Haptic and its partners, said that the scheme says: “Chadwell Heath transformation area will deliver an ambitious mix of industrial and employment uses including scope for gaming, media and other tech industries.

“The vision rethinks industrial value and the role that industry can play in animating the streets and squares.

“The improved and intensified industrial space at Chadwell Heath will provide a home for London’s future industries – a toolbox for London.”

Consultation on the plans for residents to have their say is available online and will run until November 28.

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Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter