Dovers Farm Estate Committee celebrate after developer withdraws planning application

PUBLISHED: 15:44 30 June 2017

Dovers Farm Estate Committee secretary, Matt Stanton, is overjoyed a second planning application for the village green has been withdrawn. Picture: Matt Stanton

Dovers Farm Estate Committee secretary, Matt Stanton, is overjoyed a second planning application for the village green has been withdrawn. Picture: Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton

Passionate people who fought against plans for a housing development on their village green have met with success.

The Recorder discovered today that Woolbro Homes, which hoped to develop 30 two and three-bed houses on land bounded by New Zealand Way, Queenstown Gardens and Gisborn Gardens, in Rainham, have withdrawn its application.

Matt Stanton, secretary of the Dovers Farm Estate Green committee, said he was very pleased.

“[Havering] council seems to be coming round to our way of thinking,” he said.

“After the last planning meeting we regarded it as the council having the time to do the right thing. They have taken it on board and done that.

“Hopefully they will continue down this path of action and award us village green status.”

The green is often used for community events, such as fun days, sports activities, fetes and a children’s play area, and First and Second World War heroes are also commemorated there.

On Saturday, May 13, New Zealand’s deputy high commissioner joined Havering dignitaries and councillors gathered to unveil a memorial plaque on the space commemorating the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) that fought in the world wars.

The planning application made by Woolbro Homes in March was the second fought by the committee.

In 2015, residents were shocked to receive a notice from the council stating it had plans to build 32 houses on the green.

“The first was humiliatingly voted down,” continued Matt.

“This is another defeat. We are determined not to lose this space for our community. There’s nothing stopping them from bring a third application.

“But they have realised they have to see our village green application through.”

The committee applied to Havering Council for the space to be granted village green status in on July 4, last year.

“It’s been considered duly made and the next state is that it needs to go to a public consultation.”

At a regulatory services committee meeting, on Thursday, June 1, councillors including Cllr Graham Williamson (IRG, South Hornchurch), and Cllr Reg Whitney (Residents’ Group, Saint Andrews), Cllr David Durant (IRG, Rainham and Wennington) voiced disapproval that the development application was being considered despite a decision outstanding on the village green status application.

A council spokesman said: “The council will take a decision on the village green application in due course.”

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