Work starts on flagship brown field London site to create over 400 new homes

Building work is under way at a new £78.4 million property development in London which is part of the city’s major housing programme and one of the largest regeneration projects in the east of the city.

The Lymington Fields housing development is set to provide 418 new homes in a former gravel pit and landfill site in Dagenham on land that has been released under Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to release public land for housing.

The scheme, being developed in partnership with developer Lovell and affordable housing provider Home Group, will deliver 116 homes for affordable rent and 43 homes for shared ownership as well as 259 homes for private sale.

Designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, the homes are a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses and one and two bedroom flats.

Lymington Fields site was among the first of 600 hectares of land, the size of 210 football pitches, that the Mayor has brought forward for the development of new and much needed homes for Londoners since he took on the role in May 2012.

‘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,’ said Johnson.

Lovell regional director Peter Taylor described it as a modern and exciting community where people are proud to live. ‘As well as meeting the pressing need for quality homes for individuals and families, it will also bring new jobs and training opportunities, ensuring a lasting legacy of benefits locally,’ he added.

The first phase of development on the 8.7 hectare brown field site will create 83 homes for private sale by Lovell with a sales and marketing suite set to open by summer 2014. There will also be 22 homes for affordable rent and 20 shared ownership properties, both of which will be available through Home Group. The first homes are expected to be completed later this year.
The second phase of development of approximately 293 homes is set to start in 2015. All homes at Lymington Fields will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes incorporating a range of energy efficiency measures to reduce bills for residents.