Homes: For local people

The consultation has now closed.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the conversation. 

Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing your comments and thinking about how we can use your ideas as part of our plans for the borough.

Please continue to visit One Borough Voice for further updates.

Like the rest of London, Barking and Dagenham faces a serious shortage of affordable housing. We believe that Inclusive Growth can deliver the new homes that our residents need; comfortable, secure and affordable, no matter your income. And it can improve the quality of those homes that already exist in the Borough, including council owned homes and those in the private rented sector.

Take a look at our initial proposals below to learn more about our plans; and tell us what you think!

Like the rest of London, Barking and Dagenham faces a serious shortage of affordable housing. We believe that Inclusive Growth can deliver the new homes that our residents need; comfortable, secure and affordable, no matter your income. And it can improve the quality of those homes that already exist in the Borough, including council owned homes and those in the private rented sector.

Take a look at our initial proposals below to learn more about our plans; and tell us what you think!

The consultation has now closed.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the conversation. 

Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing your comments and thinking about how we can use your ideas as part of our plans for the borough.

Please continue to visit One Borough Voice for further updates.

  • Homes: Our initial proposals

    5 months ago

    Where it all began
    Going back a hundred years, the Government introduced the Addison Act, which paved the way for council house building on a large scale. It’s because of this change in rules, the council got to work to build the Becontree Estate,providing high quality affordable homes and drastically improving the living conditions of 120,000 people. The Becontree Estate is still one of the largest estates in the UK, and will soon be celebrating its centenary. These were homes fit for heroes and public house building on a scale we haven’t seen since. Fast forward to the present, our

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    Where it all began
    Going back a hundred years, the Government introduced the Addison Act, which paved the way for council house building on a large scale. It’s because of this change in rules, the council got to work to build the Becontree Estate,providing high quality affordable homes and drastically improving the living conditions of 120,000 people. The Becontree Estate is still one of the largest estates in the UK, and will soon be celebrating its centenary. These were homes fit for heroes and public house building on a scale we haven’t seen since. Fast forward to the present, our ambition for housing in Barking and Dagenham today is to capture the spirit that gave us the Becontree and to deliver new homes for local people. Clearly the housing needs of today have changed, as has the way we do house building. But the Becontree still symbolises what can be achieved with vision, ambition, and the right tools.


    Our Ambition
    Today, we’ll use our own investment to build the homes that we need. And we’ll work with third party developers and investors that share our values. 50,000 homes will be built in the borough over the next 20 years. Our challenge is to make sure these homes help to address the affordability crisis that is so central to the experience of poverty and deprivation in our borough – with 5,000 residents on the housing waiting list and many more struggling with the cost of private rented accommodation - whilst leading our borough into a cleaner, greener future. This will only be possible if we embrace the spirit of the Becontree once again.


    Our Challenge
    Since 2014, Barking and Dagenham has seen the fourth highest number of new affordable homes built in any London borough. Sadly, this record says as much about the poor record of affordable housing delivery across London in recent years as it does about our own achievements locally. The truth is, not nearly enough new homes have been built in Barking and Dagenham for many years – and too many of those that have been built have been too expensive for local people to rent or buy.


    What are we doing?
    There are lots of things we are already doing to increase the number of affordable homes in the Borough:
    • Be First – We’ve set up a regeneration company, called Be First, to accelerate the pace and scale of house building across the borough. Be First is there to bring growth and new homes to the borough, rather than focusing on maximising profit margins like private developers and house builders tend to do. And every penny the company does make is ploughed back in to protect frontline council services.
      Using the Council’s money, Be First will build over 3,000 new homes between now and 2024, almost three-quarters of which will be affordable, meaning they will be at sub-market rents, or sold at significantly less then market prices through shared ownership. Around 650 will be at council comparative rents. We’re building homes of different types and at different price points to meet the range of needs we have in the borough.
    • Reside – We’re also expanding our wholly owned local housing company, Reside, to let, manage and maintain the new homes we’re building. Reside is providing an alternative to private landlords; with more affordable rents, more secure tenancies and higher quality landlord services. Our aim is that Reside will provide a new benchmark for the local rental market, pushing quality up and pulling prices down. Alongside our borough wide Landlord Licensing scheme (the first in London), we expect this to make a big different to the quality of Private Rented Sector homes.


    Standards
    We also know that there’s a real concern about the quality and fire safety of buildings made by private developers – and we are committed to making sure that all the new homes being built by Be First more than meet all the necessary regulations and safety standards. We’ll also continue to invest in Council homes and estates across the borough, bringing these homes into the 21st century, and – through better proper energy retrofitting - leading the fight against climate change in the process


    Tell Us What You Think
    This is just the start. Now we want to know what you think. Are we on the right tracks? Please tell us about what your priorities in relation to Homes for local people would be and tell us what you think of our initial proposals.