Redline boundary of the Dagenham Dock site

Bringing London’s wholesale markets together at Dagenham Dock

Redline boundary of the Dagenham Dock site

Welcome to our project website on the City of London Corporation’s plans to co-locate two of its wholesale food markets – Smithfield (meat and poultry) and Billingsgate (fish) – onto a single site in Dagenham Dock, with an ambition to relocate New Spitalfields (fruit, vegetables and flowers) at a later date.

The City of London Corporation received outline planning permission to relocate its historic markets to a new home in Dagenham Dock in March 2022. We are now seeking to take the next step by bringing forward a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) which will address matters such as access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of proposed development. The RMA will then be considered by BeFirst, Barking and Dagenham’s planning authority.

Delivering for Barking & Dagenham

This exciting scheme will energise the local economy whilst providing a modern, sustainable food centre for London and the South-East. Benefits include:

Bringing together Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market with an aspiration to co-locate New Spitalfields at a later date.

Delivering food education and training activities for the local area.​

Contributing up to 19,000 jobs in the local area.

Creating 36,000 sqm of public realm improvements across the borough.

Providing an £800 million boost to the Barking & Dagenham economy.

Bringing together Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market with an aspiration to co-locate New Spitalfields at a later date.

Delivering food education and training activities for the local area.​

Contributing up to 19,000 jobs in the local area.

Creating 36,000 sqm of public realm improvements across the borough.

Providing an £800 million boost to the Barking & Dagenham economy.

Have your say

We want to hear the views of people living and working near Dagenham Dock on the next stage of our plans. That’s why we will be holding a public exhibition to discuss our Reserved Matters Application (RMA).

Tuesday 5 March, 4–8pm

Three Sixty Workrooms, 36–48 Cambridge Road, Barking, IG11 8NW

If you are a local business owner/worker, we will be holding a business focused exhibition on:

Wednesday 28 February 10am - 1pm

The Wilds, Northgate Road, Barking IG11 0SQ

The updated plans will be added to this website on 28th February.

The updated plans will be added to this website on 28th February.

The need to move

These markets have been at the heart of London’s and the UK’s food industry for centuries, but the condition and quality of the existing buildings are below what is expected of modern wholesale markets.

Even with significant investment, there is no room to grow in their current locations. Smithfield in central London and Billingsgate in Canary Wharf have all witnessed huge changes to their immediate environment. The possibility of making enhancements to trading conditions to improve safety, sustainability and efficiency at Smithfield is also seriously limited by the Grade II listed status of the market buildings.

Without this new market, we would therefore not be able to provide market tenants with the sort of facilities that they need to remain competitive in the long term. Furthermore, building more modern, environmentally sustainable markets, would aid us in achieving the City Corporation’s net zero target.

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with us or register for regular updates on the project, use the contact form or you can email the email below. 

marketsprogramme@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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