New homes and jobs plan for Marks Gate church site to ‘kick start regeneration’ in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:14 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:58 10 April 2013

A 3d image of the proposed development at Marks Gate, Dagenham

A 3d image of the proposed development at Marks Gate, Dagenham


A new building project aims to “kick-start regeneration” by bringing jobs and vital new housing to the borough.

A number of community facilities will be provided with the buildA number of community facilities will be provided with the build

The development in Marks Gate, Dagenham, could see as many as 50 jobs filled by local recruits, with 10 lasting beyond the construction phase, as well as 80 new social houses, a community centre, fitness centre and coffee shop.

St Marks Church and vicarage would be demolished and a new church built.

The proposals are being led by the church, along with the Berkeley Foundation, which works with charities to help young Londoners, national housing charity Green Pastures and Barking and Dagenham Council.

“This whole scheme is really to get under the skin of Marks Gate to kick-start that regeneration,” said Paul Cunningham, a partner at Berkeley Foundation.

Rev Roger Gayler, Vicar of St Marks Church, DagenhamRev Roger Gayler, Vicar of St Marks Church, Dagenham

“We want to create jobs for people living in Marks Gate and help people that have not been working for quite a long time to return to work.

“It really is, ‘How do we get change in Marks Gate? How do we lift this area out of deprivation?’”

He added the site was a “moveable feast” and facilities demanded by the public during consultation could be incorporated into the design.

The development will be in three locations, with the biggest on the site of the existing St Marks Church.

The proposed development two other areas aprart from the church siteThe proposed development two other areas aprart from the church site

Disused public toilets in Rose Lane will also be demolished and the land redeveloped, along with a garage site in Roles Grove.

If planning permission is granted, the developers hope to be on site — on the corner of Rose Lane and Arneways Avenue — as early as September.

“We are delighted to have an opportunity to offer the community this fantastic development that will allow us to offer hospitality, learning, health and worship for everyone,” said St Marks Church vicar, the Rev Roger Gayler.

• Members of the public are invited to consult on the proposed plans at Marks Gate Community Centre, Rose Road, on Friday, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and on Saturday, from 10.30am until 5.30pm.


Latest Barking and Dagenham News Stories

Robots could snatch the jobs of more than 18,000 workers in Barking and Dagenham by 2030, according to figures derived from a report released today.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A literary agent inspired Dagenham Park pupils to get into publishing in a talk on Thursday.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A young grandmother is cooking up a storm as she gives rise to the next strand of her party empire.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Barking and Dagenham College sports performance student is showing he has what it takes playing for Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A university campus set to open in Dagenham will be offering residents a taster of studying there.

Friday, March 24, 2017

IVF treatment, boob jobs and weight loss surgery are some of the NHS treatments that could be axed in the borough to save £55million under new proposals.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comedy and charity are set to collide for Red Nose Day today.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now