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National Trust opposes application for homes on Rainham Library site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 December 2017

The old Rainham Library in Broadway, Rainham.

The old Rainham Library in Broadway, Rainham.

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The National Trust is objecting to a developer’s proposal to build houses and apartments on the site of a former library.

Persimmon Homes Essex Ltd resubmitted a planning application to knock down what was the Rainham Library, Broadway, Rainham, after it was withdrawn earlier this year.

The latest application is to demolish all of the of existing buildings and to construct 57 homes, comprising a mix of 22 houses and 35 apartments.

Conservation organisation the National Trust, which runs Rainham Hall also in Broadway, is objecting to the proposal.

A spokesman said: “We do not feel that the current application is robust or detailed enough in its assessment of the potential impact of the development on the Grade II* listed buildings at Rainham Hall.

“Without this detail and an inclusion of the significance of these buildings, the National Trust objects to the application, and is unable to properly comment on the proposals.”

The trust believes the heritage statement submitted with the application is “lacking” and “inadequate information” has been provided which does not show the impact the development could have on the area.

The original proposal in May, outlined plans for the building to be demolished to make way for a mix of 20 houses and 42 apartments.

However, after Essex County Council Place Services, a leading provider of integrated environmental assessment, planning, design and management, said that it would not be able to support the proposal, the application was withdrawn.

But last month, the proposal was resubmitted and the future of the site is yet to be decided.

A spokesman for Persimmon Homes Essex said: “Persimmon Homes recognises the sensitivity of the site, particularly because of the proximity to a number of listed buildings.

“Our appointed architects are further evolving the proposals for the site following discussions with Havering Council, its appointed heritage advisors and Heritage England.

“The proposals continue to evolve having regard to specialist heritage advice to ensure that the redevelopment of this site will enhance the conservation area and setting of the local heritage assets, including Rainham Hall.”

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