The aim is for the development to make the best use of the site's assets and potential, particularly the river, where residents of Barking and Dagenham will be able to access the Thames riverside for the first time.
The whole area is seated on a bed of river alluvium thus demonstrating that once the entire site was prone to flooding. Now the River Thames is confined (at least for the moment) to a relatively narrow course at Barking where its width is just under 1 km.
The area covered in this chapter is bounded by the Thames in the south, the Roding in the west, Ripple Road in the north and the old path of the Goresbrook to the east (a more or less vertical line drawn northwards from the eastern edge of Horseshoe Corner). It has an approximate area of 790 ha (1960 acres)