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The London Riverside is a new development area in north east London, England and part of the larger Thames Gateway redevelopment zone. The London Riverside area forms part of the Green Enterprise District, a project to create a low-carbon economy region in Greater London.
It is one of two zones whose responsibility for delivery is with London Thames Gateway Development Corporation; the other is the Lower Lea Valley redevelopment.Geography
The area of the London Riverside development stretches from Beckton in the London Borough of Newham in the west to Wennington in the London Borough of Havering in the east. The development spans the River Thames adjacent sections of these boroughs and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Much of the development will re-use brownfield industrial land on the river. The area totals 35 km². It is expected that by 2016 the London Riverside will provide 20,000 new homes and 25,000 jobs.
The boundaries of the London Riverside have expanded somewhat over time. The original area was bounded by the River Thames to the south and the former A13 road (now the A1306) to the north and stretched only as far west as Barking Reach. It has since expanded to include East Beckton and Barking Town. A smaller area constitutes the London Riverside business improvement district.Planned developments
Since October 2005, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation has taken over planning functions from the local councils for this area. The redevelopment plans include:
- East London Transit - a transport scheme connecting the area to Barking and Ilford
- In Barking and Dagenham:
- Barking Town - £500 million redevelopment, planned to be strategic centre of London Riverside development
- Barking Riverside - 1.8 km², new community with 10,800 new homes, facilities and DLR extension
- Dagenham Dock - 1.33 km², environmentally sustainable business cluster
- South Dagenham - mixed use site
- In Havering:
- Beam Reach - area for intensification of manufacturing companies, including plans for a new railway station
- Rainham, South Hornchurch and Orchard Village
- Wildspace, also known as the London Riverside Conservation Park, - 6.4 km², a conservation, recreation and amenity zone at Rainham