Barking Riverside has submitted three major planning reserve matter applications to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation as part of a wider plan for a £1.9bn development in the East London area.

The joint venture between the Homes and Communities Agency and Bellway Homes submitted plans for the first 4,000 homes, which will be built in two stages, and district and local centres, which include two new schools.

Local transport improvements included within the application include plans for the first phase of the East London Transit route via Barking Riverside. The construction work on the new transport link began this month and will start serving the first residents from early 2010, connecting them to the Barking Town Centre transport interchange and the wider area.

Barking Riverside prepared the applications for the 370 acre site in conjunction with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham which will be a key partner in the development.

The designs have been developed by Shepherd Robson architects, Maccreanor Lavington architects and Hyder Consulting engineers.

Subject to planning consent construction of the first homes is expected to start in late 2009. It said remediation and groundwork is already well under way on site.

These applications represent the first two stages of the four stage development. They have been prepared so that community facilities and transport infrastructure can be delivered at the same time as new housing.

Barking Riverside will eventually become home to over 26,000 people and comprise 10,800 homes, new jobs and community infrastructure.

A spokesman for Barking Riverside said: ‘We have been working with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham since 2004 on this exciting project. Barking Riverside is more than a new housing development – it is about long-term 'place-making' on a large scale in a high quality environment and accessible riverside setting.’