Countryside to lead redevelopment of old car plant
Countryside Properties and London & Quadrant Housing Trust have been chosen to develop a new neighbourhood on a derelict former Ford factory plant in East London.
This is the last major site to be released by the Mayor of London under his plan for all surplus City Hall developable land by the end of his term in 2016.
Countryside and L&Q will lead the regeneration of Beam Park, delivering over 3,000 homes and a new train station on the 29 hectre site, which sits alongside the River Beam.
They were selected from a shortlist of four developers as part of the London Development Panel procurement process that was set up by the Mayor to accelerate the delivery of housing in London.
Beam Park sits within the London Riverside Opportunity Area, which aims for the creation of 26,500 new homes across the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering. Other major Greater London Authority land redevelopments include the Royal Docks in east London, the 10.6 hectare Stephenson Street site near West Ham station and the 40 hectare industrial land portfolio in London Riverside.
Barking & Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “It is becoming evident that London is moving east and Barking and Dagenham, as London’s growth opportunity, has a crucial role to play in meeting London’s increasing housing and infrastructure needs. Beam Park is one of six growth hubs in our borough which will deliver in total 35,000 homes and 10,000 jobs. This scheme will provide some much needed regeneration and investment to south Dagenham, creating a vibrant and exciting new neighbourhood which will also benefit the existing community and wider area. We are pleased to welcome Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) on board for what we believe is a very exciting development.”
Havering Council leader Roger Ramsay added: “This is great news in taking forward the regeneration of Rainham and Beam Park, in addition to the recent announcement of funding for a new train station and the go ahead to begin design work on the A1306. Along with huge investment in housing and infrastructure, I firmly believe the time has come to transform this very important part of Havering and East London.”
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This article was published on 25 Jan 2016 (last updated on 25 Jan 2016).