This month Havering Council launches a 1billion contract to build 3,500 homes across 12 of its current housing estates in the borough. One of these estates is The Napier House and New Plymouth House in South Hornchurch.

The Council has formed a Joint Venture partnership with a housing developer to deliver these homes over the next 15 years, although the developer has not yet been announced.

As part of the recent Borough of Culture award, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also granted £24 million to support projects that promote regeneration across the city.

Participatory City Foundation have secured £850,000 from the Mayor to invest in a 3,000 square meter community workshop that will be situated at Dagenham East joining the future film studio on the old Sanofi Aventis site.

In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough.

Following the submission of a residents’ petition led by local residents and supported by Jon Cruddas MP for Rainham and Dagenham, Havering Council have agreed to the demolition of Napier House and New Plymouth House in Rainham. The promised demolition and development of the site for general needs housing comes as part of the early phase of Havering’s Housing Regeneration Programme, which aims to provide around 2,500 new affordable homes in the borough.

Barking and Dagenham is continuing its historic commitment to house building, with huge regeneration projects across the borough, all funded by the innovative Estates Renewal Programme. At the core of the programme are plans to modernise The Leys in Dagenham Village and Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

In the last few days volunteers have delivered surveys to half of the Eastbrook area, and they are being returned to Jon Cruddas MP in the hundreds. The survey was a response to rumours surrounding the possible development of land at the May and Baker Community Club. The consultation survey asks what residents think about the future of Dagenham East in terms of job creation and economic stability.

Today Jon Cruddas MP launched his public consultation of Eastbrook Ward, to find out what people think of recent proposals to build a mosque on the May and Baker Community Club land, next to the Sanofi regeneration site. In the most recent discussions with the trustees a prayer room in the community club has been alluded to rather than the initial plans for a mosque. However, a final decision has not yet been made on the future of the site. As with all developments in the local area Jon wants to know what the local residents think.

Over the past two weeks many residents have been contacting Jon Cruddas regarding the proposed plans to build a mosque on the Sanofi site near Dagenham East. Last month the Trustees of the May and Baker Community Club were approached by Barking & Dagenham Council on behalf of Barking Mosque, and a meeting took place with council Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell, along with a member of the council planning department. A general proposal was been agreed in principle with little or no consultation with local residents.

The future of state-of-the-art scientific buildings at Sanofi’s former manufacturing plant in Dagenham, east London, has finally been secured following an agreement with regeneration specialists SOG Group to purchase the facilities for an undisclosed sum.

SOG Group, owner and operator of the award-winning The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, Cheshire, has been lead consultant advising Sanofi on the overall regeneration programme at Dagenham.

Improvement works at Rainham Road South will begin 10 March 2014 to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians accessing the former Sanofi site.

A new junction will be installed with new improved pedestrian crossings when work starts in March at the Reede Road/Dagenham East area at Rainham Road South.

During the improvement works, which are expected to last until June 2014, the Council is urging drivers to take alternative routes.

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