Published: 16th Oct 2017

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham has launched a new urban regeneration company, Be First, which it claims will be socially responsible. The company aims to deliver 50,000 homes and 20,000 jobs over the next 20 years, both as a developer and working with other firms as a development manager. The former head of the British civil service, Lord Kerslake is serving as chairman of the Be First board. He said the new company will ‘knit together private and public interests to capitalise on the area’s opportunities’. Be First’s managing director, Pat Hayes, said the company’s mission ‘is to help the council make sure “no-one is left behind”’, which was also the title of a recent Independent Growth Commission report, commissioned by the council. ‘In the short term we want to deliver 1,500 affordable rental homes in the next two years,’ said Mr Hayes. ‘Be First’s substantial development programme … (To read the full article, subscribe below)