New homes at Jervis Court

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View of Jervis Court from Church Elm Lane

Across the country there is a desperate need for more housing, and in Barking and Dagenham the situation is no different. We need more affordable homes for local people.

As one of the solutions to this problem, the council is proposing to redesign the layout of some of the areas where they have older housing. This will allow them to build extra, good quality homes.

As part of this, the council is planning to replace the existing flats at 1-18 Jervis Court, and the former British Legion Hall that sits behind it (the Leaping Toads building).

The council asked us, at Be First, to look into this. During the autumn we visited every resident to get their views. And, following this consultation, the council agreed to go ahead with the plan.

It is important to remember that if the rebuilding goes ahead, we will have to demolish residents' homes. But, we will guarantee tenants the right to return once the construction is completed. We anticipate this would be by the summer of 2023.

Across the country there is a desperate need for more housing, and in Barking and Dagenham the situation is no different. We need more affordable homes for local people.

As one of the solutions to this problem, the council is proposing to redesign the layout of some of the areas where they have older housing. This will allow them to build extra, good quality homes.

As part of this, the council is planning to replace the existing flats at 1-18 Jervis Court, and the former British Legion Hall that sits behind it (the Leaping Toads building).

The council asked us, at Be First, to look into this. During the autumn we visited every resident to get their views. And, following this consultation, the council agreed to go ahead with the plan.

It is important to remember that if the rebuilding goes ahead, we will have to demolish residents' homes. But, we will guarantee tenants the right to return once the construction is completed. We anticipate this would be by the summer of 2023.

  • Latest plans for Church Elm Lane released

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    04 Jun 2020
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    We have released a new video showing the plans to redevelop the buildings along Church Elm Lane, Dagenham.

    The revised plans for 1-4 Rectory Road and 1-18 Jervis Court include:

    • 64 new homes built for the council to be let at below markets rents,
    • a mixture of terraced houses, maisonettes and flats rising to 8 storeys,
    • attractive resident's courtyard,
    • ground floor space for a community space, and
    • lots of cycle parking.

    The plans have been revised following the public consultation in February, and provide more detail about the scale, finishes and community spaces available within the proposed development.

    Our Development Manager, Jake Robson, explains: “We’re excited to be able to provide much more detail about our plans for these much-needed new homes for the local community.

    “We hope to submit these revised plans to the Council by July, and if planning permission is granted, the works could start in summer 2021 and the new homes could be available by the autumn 2023.”

    The council will let the new homes to local people on the housing list and existing tenants will have the right to return to the new homes, on equivalent rents and tenancy rights similar to those they have now.

    The video explaining the detailed plans is available here.

  • Thanks for your views

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    27 Feb 2020
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    Thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in consultation held at the Village Community Centre on 26 February.

    We will be considering all the feedback before we formally submit a planning application later this year.

    There's still time to find out more and submit your feedback. A copy of the information we presented at the drop-in event is available here and you can give us your views here.