In the next 20 years, Barking and Dagenham will undergo its biggest transformation since the borough was first industrialised and urbanised.
The Thames Gateway, of which we form the heart, is the largest regeneration area in Europe. It is crucial to the governments' plans to develop sustainable communities in the south-east and to the London Mayor's ambition to ensure prosperity is more evenly shared between east and west in London.
The borough contains the United Kingdom's biggest brownfield regeneration site at Barking Riverside and the future home of London's environmental technologies at Dagenham Dock.
A major sustainable community will be developed on land released by Ford in South Dagenham and Barking Town Centre will be revitalised to become the town centre of choice for the new communities.
We have set three key priorities for achieving our 2020 Vision for Barking and Dagenham:
- Increasing prosperity for all by encouraging the development of a well-educated and skilled workforce, increasing access to jobs, supporting existing businesses to grow and attract new investment
- Working in partnership to develop genuinely sustainable communities in Barking and Dagenham
- Working in partnership to regenerate Barking Town Centre as the gateway for new investment and opportunity in Barking and Dagenham