Gravel pit to provide hundreds of new homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
A former gravel pit and landfill site is to be transformed into a huge housing scheme.
Building work is now under way to turn the Lymington Fields site in Dagenham into a 418-home development.
The project will deliver 116 homes for 'affordable rent' and 43 homes for shared ownership through social landlord Home Group, as part of the mayor of London's first steps programme, as well as 259 homes for private sale by developer Lovell.
Designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, the homes are a mix of two, three and four-bed houses and one and two-bed flats.
Due for completion in 2019, Lymington Fields site was among the first of 600 hectares of land Boris Johnson has brought forward for the development of new homes.
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land Richard Blakeway took part in a ground-breaking ceremony at the official launch of the scheme (pictured).
Boris Johnson said: “This is one of the largest regeneration projects ever seen in Dagenham and will transform this site into hundreds of much needed new low-cost homes. This former gravel pit is part of thousands of acres of land I’m releasing to double the number of homes being built for hardworking Londoners and ease demand for more good quality homes.”
Sean Egan, Home Group's director of new ventures, said: “We’re delighted the deputy mayor has launched this landmark development. Freeing up surplus public sector land is one easy way in which to increase the number of affordable homes which are available to the people of London and we applaud the Mayor for this move. Home Group and Lovell have a strong track record of partnership and we’re delighted to be working again to build homes of all tenures which will help to create thriving new neighbourhoods which contribute to local communities and demonstrate our commitment to a significant development programme in London.”