Plans for new housing development on Ford Dagenham site

A huge new development could soon be built on the site of Dagenham’s famous Ford factory after a masterplan for 3,500 homes was unveiled.

Plans sent to Barking and Dagenham Council would see thousands of new homes built on the huge 45-acre site.

Developers Peabody have already reached a deal with the council to build 1,500 affordable homes on the site.

If the new plans are approved, the scheme would also see shops, restaurants, new public transport routes, a five-acre public park, and room for a secondary school to be built.

The developers have also said that they want to focus on making the new area sustainable and eco-friendly, with an emphasis on green spaces for residents. 

Peabody has already hosted public sessions to get the views of local people on the scheme.

Residents will have another chance to share their thoughts on the plan later this year.

The development will replace the now-demolished Ford car factory, which built almost 11 million cars between its opening in 1931 and closure in 2013.

Dick Mortimer, Peabody’s executive director said that the 3,500-home development would be a great boost for the local area.

He said: “We’re excited to be working in Dagenham, engaging collaboratively with the local community, Barking & Dagenham, BeFirst and the GLA to bring this former industrial site back to life as an exciting new place for residents and the wider community called Dagenham Green, which Peabody will manage into the future.

“Dagenham Green’s new central park, play areas, proposed community facilities and cafés/restaurants will provide a local meeting point for everyone to use with sustainability considered throughout.”

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Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter