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Council unveils plans for major regeneration of Romford site where two men were shot at illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 12:10 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 14 November 2017

An artist's impression of what the finished River Rom could look like at Bridge Close. Photo: Havering Council

An artist's impression of what the finished River Rom could look like at Bridge Close. Photo: Havering Council

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A run-down industrial estate in the middle of Romford where two men were shot at an illegal rave in July could be getting a major facelift from Havering Council.

Bridge Close in Romford where two men were shot and one stabbed at a partyBridge Close in Romford where two men were shot and one stabbed at a party

On Wednesday night, Havering Council cabinet members will discuss plans to transform the Bridge Close site as part of an ambitious plan that it is hoped will be a catalyst for regeneration across the town centre.

Councillors will consider proposals to create a new residential-led development – of which at least 30pc of homes would be affordable – work space, a primary school and community and health facilities.

Other proposed improvements include a new pedestrian bridge over the River Rom to the station and environmental enhancements to the river to make a greener space at the centre of the community that will provide a focal point for recreation and increase biodiversity.

The council, which is proposing a joint venture with developers Savills Investment Management and First Base, also hopes to improve the ring road and make it easier for residents to cross the railway line.

Bridge Close in Romford where two men were shot and one stabbed at a partyBridge Close in Romford where two men were shot and one stabbed at a party

Councillor Roger Ramsey, council leader, said: “This is an important and exciting proposal that could change the face of the town centre in Romford.

“Our communities, opportunities and connections are central to the place we want to create, and key to our vision and ambition for Romford and the rest of the borough.

“Being part of a Joint Venture as an equal partner would give us control over the development, and allow us to ensure it is of the highest quality and fits with the expectations of our people.

“This is absolutely crucial for us.”

Cllr Ramsey, who revealed the council has been working on these plans “for some time now”, also said he wanted the authority to be fully involved in all the scheme’s development options and infrastructure.

In July, residents living nearby told the Recorder of their horror when two men were shot and another man stabbed at an illegal warehouse rave in Bridge Close.

One resident even said that plans to bulldoze and regenerate the area meant the council and police had “given up” policing the estate.

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