A programme of art, culture and new infrastructure to reimagine the future of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Be First

Becontree Future Neighbourhoods


The Future Neighbourhoods 2030 strategy for the Becontree Estate aims to tackle the estate’s defining environmental challenges including the climate emergency and toxic air quality, whilst creating jobs, developing skills and supporting a just transition to a low carbon circular economy.

The strategy will focus on initiatives in the Becontree ward, including: retrofitting houses with insulation products and renewables to cut fuel poverty and reduce energy usage; working with schools and young people in the area to develop decarbonisation programmes for school buildings; delivering sustainable travel strategies and electric car charging infrastructure; re-imagining green and other unbuilt spaces and providing urban tree planting schemes in sites of low ecological value.

The Becontree Future Neighbourhoods strategy, alongside a Becontree Design Code and a Becontree Model House, is one of three projects led by Be First, Barking & Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, that aim to bring residents together to reimagine the estate for future generations.

Get Involved!

Be First are looking for 15 residents from the Becontree estate who best represent our community's culture, diversity and vibrancy to join the Becontree Design Forum to help shape the future of Becontree Estate.

Interested? Find out more here.

Be First is a pioneering urban regeneration company wholly owned by Barking and Dagenham Council, but operating independently. They will help deliver 50,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs in the next 20 years.

The strategy is funded by the Mayor of London’s Future Neighbourhoods 2030 programme.