Be First secures permission for 64-home scheme in Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham council has approved plans for a 64-home affordable housing development from the council’s own company, Be First.

The council’s planning committee has approved the proposal, designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects, to redevelop a former Royal British Legion hall and 18 adjacent flats on Jervis Court and Rectory Road in Dagenham into homes for affordable rent.

Be First Jervis Court_Courtyard Garden

The development, ranging from three to eight storeys, includes 17 family homes, community space and a nursery for residents. All homes will be dual aspect with their own private outdoor space and access to a communal garden.

The plans were approved despite being double the density recommended for the area under the London Plan. Officials said this was justified “given the high-quality nature of the proposed development”.

Sarah Beth Riley, associate architect at Be First said: “This development is a successful addition to the streets of Dagenham as it places community at the heart of design. It has all the right ingredients for joyful family life.”