Plans have been submitted to move the popular Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets to a site in Dagenham.
The application submitted to Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm, Be First, proposes to move the markets to the 42-acre site of the former Barking Reach Power station, at Dagenham Dock.
If approved the site will be the largest wholesale food market in the UK. Councillor Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham Council leader, said: “These proposals are a ray of sunshine in the otherwise gloomy Covid-19 climate and a massive vote of confidence in Barking and Dagenham as a place to do business.
Dagenham is now a hive of activity with the construction of the UK’s largest data centre and University College London’s (UCL) Pearl research facility now underway, and London’s largest film studios on track to be built here too.
These developments will create thousands of jobs locally, which will make Dagenham one of the most dynamic parts of the capital and will help power east London’s economy which has been hit hard by the Covid crisis.”
Pat Hayes, managing director at the council’s regeneration arm Be First, said: “The plans to move the markets supports our aspiration to make Dagenham Dock a state of the art business park and build on the area’s impressive rail and port infrastructure to create a major growth hub for the Thames Estuary.”
The planning application will be presented to the council’s planning committee later this year. Read our most recent BOLD magazine HERE.