Boroughs | Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham



Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Barking Town Centre, IG11
  2. Dagenham Dock, RM9
  3. Thames Road and River Road, IG11

Investment Opportunities

Barking Town Centre, IG11

Barking Town Centre, IG11

Barking Town Centre is changing fast. There is superb accessibility provided by the District and Hammersmith & City tube lines, London Overground and c2c national rail routes serving Barking station. A regeneration strategy setting out a ten-year vision was adopted in October 2020 including a food focus linked to the City of London’s famous wholesale markets moving to Dagenham Dock. Barking has a fascinating history and strong sense of place. The River Roding was central to Barking’s formation and economy but has been neglected for decades. The plan is for it to be restored to prominence with new homes, commercial space and an excellent public realm.

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Dagenham Dock, RM9

Dagenham Dock, RM9

The former power station at Dagenham Dock has been purchased by the City of London and a planning application has been approved for the relocation of the City’s three wholesale markets — Billingsgate (Fish), Smithfield (Meat) and New Spitalfields (Fruit and vegetables). This will unlock opportunities to transform the food sector in the Borough. Dagenham Dock has river and rail freight access and developable land for employment uses. Be First and the Council will be working with partners to unlock the area’s full potential.

Thames Road and River Road, IG11

Thames Road and River Road, IG11

This is a key opportunity area in the south of the borough, located to the south of the A13 and to the north of Barking Riverside, one of London’s largest brownfield redevelopment sites. The Council are in the process of finalising a masterplan for the area, which sets the vision for the development of this area as an exemplar mixed residential and commercial neighbourhood. The council has already commenced delivery on two schemes in the area, including a stacked industrial scheme supported by the GLA. Hackman/MBS have taken on a lease at a key site in this area for additional studio space, and film production began onsite in 2022. 

The east London borough is going through another period of substantial growth with plans for 50,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs alongside a transformation of the economy. Moving away from traditional manufacturing, the borough is embracing growth sectors such as film and media with the construction of London’s largest film studios in 25 years at Eastbrook Studios, Dagenham. The creation of the Thames Freeport in late 2021, including Ford Dagenham as a key element and the forthcoming relocation of the City of London’s famous wholesale markets, Spitalfields, Smithfield, and Billingsgate, to Dagenham Dock will also be the foundation for transforming the economy across the borough, delivering a wide range of benefits for residents and business alike.

Barking and Dagenham has set up its own regeneration company, Be First, tasked with accelerating the delivery of new homes and jobs and delivering the council’s inclusive growth objectives. Barking and Dagenham has been confirmed as the biggest council housebuilder in London with 20 per cent of new council home starts in the capital being made by Be First.


Population projections 2021 218,900

Population projections 2050 304,358


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 19,440

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 565

  • Barking and Dagenham is at the centre of the capital’s economic resurgence, with projects underway such as the Thames Freeport, the consolidation of London’s three key wholesale markets, and the construction of the UK’s largest data centre and University College London’s PEARL research facility.   
  • The borough is a centre of the creative industries, with work having begun on the largest film studios in London, bringing an estimated 1,800 jobs to the area and £35m per year to the local economy. The facility will be fully operational by 2023.
  • The local community is crucial to the area’s success and we’re investing in that, with one-fifth of all affordable homes built by councils in London being built in Barking and Dagenham, and big plans for the continued regeneration of Barking Town Centre.

Abi Gbago, Strategic Director of Inclusive Growth

“We’re proud to be a focus for regeneration and economic development in London, with hugely exciting developments on the horizon, such as the Thames Freeport; the planned arrival of three of the city’s largest wholesale markets to the area; as well as the capital’s largest film studio development for 25 years. The local community is at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud to also be the capital’s biggest builder of council homes, with Barking and Dagenham alone now responsible for one in five of all new affordable homes being built by councils in London. Our borough is a hive of economic and community activity; we are open for business and to new investment and opportunity for all.”

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council

  • Sectors: New opportunities are being unlocked in film, food, the green economy and other 21st century sectors to strengthen and build the local economy for the benefit of residents and the whole of Barking and Dagenham.
  • Places: Work is underway to modernise and intensify the borough’s industrial space and regenerate its retail centres – including an innovative stacked industrial unit (‘Industria’), new affordable workspace and the development of a vibrant food and cultural offer in Barking Town Centre.
  • A strong foundation: We’re strengthening local supply chains, improving essential services and helping businesses to better retain staff through support for the care, construction, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors to improve performance, job quality and sustainability.
  • Inclusive business models: we’re building partnerships with new anchor institutions committed to the borough, and using our planning, procurement and convening powers to create opportunities for local people.
  • Pathways: we’re working with trusted local education and employment providers including CU London and Barking and Dagenham College to create quality employment and training pathways into growth sectors, and providing support to ensure all residents can access new opportunities.