Major planning application submitted in Havering

Tue 4th June 2019, 2:06 pm

A major borough-wide regeneration scheme has taken a significant step forward, after plans for its first phase of homes were submitted earlier this month to Havering Council.

Joint venture partners Wates Residential and Havering Council submitted a planning application for the Napier and New Plymouth House site, in Rainham, in mid-May.

The site is one of 12 included in the estate regeneration programme that will provide around 3,000 homes in the borough over the next 12 to 15 years.

The development aims to increase the amount of council-rented accommodation and double the number of affordable homes, and will also employ local businesses to work on the scheme.

Havering Council leader, Councillor Damian White, said: “After months in the planning, it is exciting to see us entering the next phase in our ambitious regeneration programme.

“This project will provide much-needed quality, affordable homes for local people in our special borough. It will leave behind a legacy of skills, training, jobs and aspiration which goes far beyond just bricks and mortar.”

The development will include 126 affordable homes, with a certain number earmarked for families, and 71 homes for private sale.

The scheme will offer children’s play areas and the design will encourage wildlife into the neighbourhood through bat boxes, trees to draw in birdlife and flowers to attract bees.

Kate Ives, development director for Wates Residential, said: “The Napier and New Plymouth site will be a place to be proud of and will set the standard for high-quality housing across London.

“Quality is at the heart of everything we do and we are looking forward to continuing our work alongside Havering Council to bring this great project to life.”

Havering Council’s planning committee will assess the application with a decision expected later this year.

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