Building new homes for Marks Gate

Published 01:04 - 13/12/2019 Updated 15:17 - 19/07/2021

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An artist's impression of the new development alongside Padnall Lake

We have now submitted a planning application for new homes on the land alongside the A12 at Marks Gate.

Our vision is for a new part of Marks Gate where people and nature come together. The aim is to create an area of modern homes as well as biodiversity and play, for walks, sports and cycling, in a much-improved environment.

The key features are:

  • more than 250 high quality, affordable council-owned homes
  • energy efficient with a sustainable power source
  • alongside the southern edge of the site to maximise green space and create a sound buffer
  • improved landscaping and biodiversity – with a new linear park and children’s play areas
  • better connection to Chadwell Heath with an improved, safer entrance to the underpass
  • built using modern construction methods to reduce disturbance and improve sustainability

The plans have been developed following initial consultation with local residents.

We submitted a planning application to the Council at the end of August. You can see it on the Council's website. The application number is 20/01686/FULL , and you can type in the postcode which is RM6 5ER.

Find out more!

  • Watch our new video which introduces the application we have made
  • Take a look in more detail – you can download the plans
  • Find out more - read our commonly asked questions or ask questions of your own
  • Register to receive our newsletters. Sign up to keep up-to-date with what’s happening when, at the top right corner of this page

We have now submitted a planning application for new homes on the land alongside the A12 at Marks Gate.

Our vision is for a new part of Marks Gate where people and nature come together. The aim is to create an area of modern homes as well as biodiversity and play, for walks, sports and cycling, in a much-improved environment.

The key features are:

  • more than 250 high quality, affordable council-owned homes
  • energy efficient with a sustainable power source
  • alongside the southern edge of the site to maximise green space and create a sound buffer
  • improved landscaping and biodiversity – with a new linear park and children’s play areas
  • better connection to Chadwell Heath with an improved, safer entrance to the underpass
  • built using modern construction methods to reduce disturbance and improve sustainability

The plans have been developed following initial consultation with local residents.

We submitted a planning application to the Council at the end of August. You can see it on the Council's website. The application number is 20/01686/FULL , and you can type in the postcode which is RM6 5ER.

Find out more!

  • Watch our new video which introduces the application we have made
  • Take a look in more detail – you can download the plans
  • Find out more - read our commonly asked questions or ask questions of your own
  • Register to receive our newsletters. Sign up to keep up-to-date with what’s happening when, at the top right corner of this page

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    who is going to clean up the piles of refuse near the bridge at Padnal lake. At past meetings this issue was constantly brought up but nothing has ever been done to solve this unhealthy and ugly problem.

    alex asked 12 days ago

    We reported this to the council yesterday, and we believe they have been removed today.  We’d love to stop people doing this in future though, so it would be great if you could help the council. You can confidentially report any suspicious activity by emailing grimecrime@lbbd.gov.uk or calling 020 8724 8898.

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    When will the houses be available to buy?

    Jeyanthy asked 21 days ago

    The first of the new homes will be available in the winter 2023, but they are all be for rent rather than sale.

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    Would you have any commercial space available ?

    vijay asked 3 months ago

    We do not expect to provide any commercial spaces as part of this development. It will include homes and a community space, which might host things like a nursery, educational facilities or a library or public hall. In planning terms, these are known as 'D1 uses'  for non-residential institutions. 

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    How will the new homes be protected from noise pollution and pollution in general from the nearby A12?

    CHINNY asked 3 months ago

    The simple answer to this is that we plan to build a green buffer between the homes and the road, incorporating most of the existing trees and hedgerows (this is important because half of pollutants drop within the first 5 metres from a road).  And, in addition, new homes will have specialist ventilation to remove other particles from the air, and ventilate the flats from the North. The specialist ventilation also means noise pollution is reduced to the new homes as road-facing windows can be non-openable and acoustically glazed.

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    Are these new accommodations only for people who are currently on the bidding list?

    Marcia asked 8 months ago

    To apply for one of the new homes you will either need to sign up on the council’s housing register or, there will also be homes available through Reside, the Council’s affordable housing organisation.  If you have been accepted onto the register you can start to bid for properties when they become available. We expect the new homes at Padnall Lake to be available at the beginning of 2023. More information about how to apply through Resdie will be available in the New Year.

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    Myself and my partner are council tenants living in highview house on the estate already ( 20 years +). Would we be able to apply for one of these new properties ?

    Kristina Pratt asked 9 months ago

    These homes will mainly be for people who are on the council’s housing register. They will be able to bid for the new homes when they become available which we expect to be at the beginning of 2023. And, there will also be homes available through Reside, the Council’s affordable housing organisation and more information about this will be available next year.

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    I live in a private landlord's house. I receive benefits from the Council for income support from home. Can I apply for your future Padnall Lake homes?

    octamanu asked 8 months ago

    There will be two ways to access the new homes. Either, you will need to sign up on the council’s housing register. Once you have been accepted onto the register you can start to bid for properties when they become available. We expect the new homes at Padnall Lake to be available at the beginning of 2023.  Or, nearer the time, there will also be homes available through Reside, the Council’s affordable housing organisation.  We expect more information to be available in the spring next year.

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    How do we get on the list to maybe get one of these new properties as we are interested and have lived on the estate for 15 years

    Kelly asked 8 months ago

    To apply for one of the new homes you will need to sign up on the council’s housing register. Once you have been accepted onto the register you can start to bid for properties when they become available. We expect the new homes at Padnall Lake to be available at the beginning of 2023.  

     There will also be homes available through Reside, the Council’s affordable housing organisation. More information will be available in the New Year.

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    Are you going to build a new primary school, as the two schools on the estate are already full.

    Timmy asked 11 months ago

    We have spoken to Rose Lane Primary School and understand that they already have plans to expand.

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    How can I apply for this

    Funmi asked 11 months ago

    It’s important to note that we expect these properties to be available for letting no earlier than 2023.

    There are two different types of properties.  To apply for the properties with the lowest rents (we call these London Affordable Rents which basically means you pay the same as you would for equivalent council properties) you will need to be on the council’s housing register.  

    The other homes (at Affordable Rents, which are at 80% or local market rents) will be let through the Council’s housing organisation called Reside.  You can email them to register your interest at  enquiries@bdreside.co.uk