A new public consultation is opening on the City of London’s plans to co-locate Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets at a new site in Dagenham Dock.

A couple of years ago, in a preemptive move, the City of London bought the former Barking Reach Power Station at Dagenham Dock which was being eyed up by a number of buyers — as a possible site for the combined meat, fish and fruit/veg markets.

A consultation last year decided to push ahead with the move, but now the City needs to discuss what the replacement market will look like and how it will work in practice.

The dates and locations for the public consultations are:

  • 16:30-19:30 on Wednesday 29 January Thames View Community Hall, 3117 Bastable Avenue, Barking, IG11 0LG;
  • 17:30-20:30 on Thursday 30 January at Barking Learning Centre 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB; and
  • 10:00-13:00 on Saturday 1 February at St Peter’s RC Parish Hall, 52 Goresbrook Rd, Dagenham RM9 6UR.

The early designs, which will be on display at the public consultation, will form the basis of an outline planning application expected to be submitted to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in spring 2020.

When vacated, the Billingsgate site is reported to have the potential for 1,500 new homes, and New Spitalfields for around 1,200 homes. Smithfield is being eyed up as a cultural centre alongside the future Museum of London site.

More details from next week here.


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One comment
  1. Geoff Demprunt says:

    Dear Sirs,

    This is a marvellous opportunity to reposition the Markets and reduce Road and Rail Transportation of Freight. I trust the River will be utilised where possible.

    However, the opportunity to create a series of Mobile Food Outlets , Bars and even Restaurants, should not be lost. The River at Greenwich and Canary Wharf could be replicated at Barking.

    To this end several additional improvements are required on the London Overground, namely additional Trains every hour. In my opinion it should be signalled for 8 Passenger plus Freight.

    Out of Peak Hours, some of these Trains, can terminate at Barking and in addition to Gospel Oak, sent via the Carlton Road Junction to Brent Cross West and even Hounslow. It’s clearly an Artery, that requires better utilisation, as mentioned in belated analysis of HS2.

    Renwick Road, is a stop required for Social reasons. Gospel Oak could be sensitively upgraded to 4 Platforms , so as not to impinge on the Heath and as part of the Kentish Town Plan.

    The Outer Orbital – Hounslow- Upper Holloway, Barking Roverside – Selhurst/ Norwood Junction. the L Bahn.

    The Corporation of London has long been at the forefront of social change and philanthropy; in a Time, when many are saying quietly, that the City of London and the 32 Boroughs, might see a better future by applying to join the EU, you’re investing in East London.

    I thought of running on the Re- Applicationto the EU Ticket for London Mayor.

    One location makes perfect sense, I wish them well.

    Yours Sincerely

    Geoff Demprunt

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