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Havering Council expected to give go-ahead to plans for 57 flats on former Rainham Library site

PUBLISHED: 17:18 31 October 2018

Former library building in Broadway, Rainham.

Former library building in Broadway, Rainham.

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Plans to demolish the old Rainham Library building and replace it with a block of 57 homes are expected to be green lit by Havering Council’s strategic planning committee next week.

The site on Rainham Broadway would – should permission be granted per planning officers recommendations at a meeting on Thursday, November 8 – offer a mix of 22 houses and 35 apartments with associated access roads, parking, hard surfacing and landscaping.

Should the scheme get the go-ahead, at least six of these flats (10pc) will be required to be affordable rent properties, meaning they will be offered at rents 80pc of the market value.

There will be 81 parking spaces, though the number of parking permits any tenants could apply for would be restricted.

A previous application by developers Persimmon Homes Essex for permission to build 62 homes on the site was withdrawn in February last year.

As part of the application process, 92 nearby addresses were notified and invited to offer their opinions on the proposal.

Four responses were received, three of which objected, citing concerns about overdevelopment, lack of garden space for the new flats and potential loss of light.

The National Trust, which operates the nearby Grade II listed Rainham Hall site, had previously expressed concerns at the proposals affect on the area, but the report to the committee points out that since then, a number of changes to the proposed design have addressed the majority of those concerns.

In order to help provide adequate school places nearby, a condition has been recommended by officers which would see developers pay up to £ £256,500 towards local education infrastructure, half of which must be paid before a single flat in the development is occupied.

The former library building closed in 2013 and since then the site has stood empty, except for a number of traveller incursions which resulted in piles of rubbish being left behind.

The planning officer’s report to the commitee says: “It is acknowledged that existing buildings on the site are of a poor quality and neglected.

“As such redevelopment of the site offers the opportunity for a positive impact on local heritage assets.”

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