Homes will be connected to borough’s district heat scheme

Stitch and BPTW have won planning for a neighbourhood renewal scheme in Dagenham.

Becontree Heath will see 170 homes, a replacement bus terminus and a pharmacy built.

The Essex scheme, for house builder Countryside and backed by the GLA, will include 46 flats for shared ownership and 124 homes for private sale, 82 of them flats and 42 houses.

Becontree Heath covers three parcels of land on Wood Lane near the grade II art deco Dagenham civic centre.

Stitch is the planning architect and BPTW Partnership did the detailed design.

The approved plans include connecting the entire development to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s district heat network. This delivers heat from an energy centre directly to the end user and captures power that would ordinarily be lost.

After consultation with the community, improved pedestrian links, landscaping that includes play areas and parking provision were also part of the submission.

John East, strategic director of growth and homes at Barking & Dagenham council said: “Countryside put forward a high-quality, well-designed scheme that will deliver much-needed housing in the borough.”