About Barking & Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham is London's newest opportunity.  

The area has more untapped potential than any other part of the capital - and with the Olympics in 2012 shifting the world's attention to east London, now is the time to see what Barking and Dagenham has to offer.

The borough has some of the best value land for development and the most affordable premises for businesses large and small anywhere in London.

With a proud history of manufacturing, industrial and sporting excellence thanks to the talent of its people, strategic transport links and location close to major markets in the South East and onto Europe, Barking and Dagenham really is London's Newest Opportunity.

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

Key facts and demographic information

Barking and Dagenham is an outer London Borough to the east of the City on the north bank of the River Thames and within the M25 London Orbital Motorway.

The neighbouring London Borough Councils are:

 Background information

  • Resident population estimate, mid 2004 = 164,572 (Office of National Statistics)
  • Percentage of the resident population who were aged under 16, mid 2004 = 23.3%
  • Percentage of the resident population aged 60 or over, mid 2004 = 17.2%


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