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Almost 30 sites added to Havering Council list of possible development locations after Local Plan examination

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 18 January 2018

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Upminster Station car park, the area around Romford Station and the Romford Matalan are all expected to be added to a list of sites Havering Council believes developers will build upon in the next 15 years.

The council is legally required to keep a register of all brownfield sites – including formerly developed premises that now sit empty or unused as well as other paved areas such as car parks – in the borough that it would allow to be developed.

At a meeting of the borough’s cabinet this evening (Wednesday, January 17), Councillor Damian White, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, will present the borough’s new Brownfield Land Register.

It reveals that the council would expect a minimum of 110 homes to be built on the Upminster Station car park, an astounding 670 new homes in the Romford Station gateway and interchange and 100 on the North Street site of the Matalan store.

The new register incorporates a total of 29 additional sites identified during evidence gathering for the borough’s new Local Plan.

Other sites listed for potential further development include Tadworth Parade in Elm Park, the former Harold Hill library site and the Mudlands Industrial Estate in Rainham.

Each of these sites was added onto the register as a result of evidence submitted during the formation of the borough’s Local Plan - a housing framework designed to provide the borough with enough new homes until 2031.

It is important to note that while the council believes development to be possible, and indeed likely, on these sites, no planning permission has been given.

Furthermore, Havering Council has decided not to implement a secondary part of the register, that would have allowed the authority to grant ‘permission in principle’ to potential developments.

This means that as it stands, any developers wishing to build on the listed sites will still need to go through full planning procedure.

As it is a government requirement, Havering Council received £15,000 of funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to cover costs of drawing up the register.

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