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Plans for 396 homes at Dovers Corner, Rainham, have been deferred

PUBLISHED: 09:38 26 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 26 August 2016

A computer generated image of how a street in the Dovers Corner development may look. Image: Persimmon Homes

A computer generated image of how a street in the Dovers Corner development may look. Image: Persimmon Homes

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Plans to build 396 homes on an industrial estate have been deferred at a council meeting last night.

The planning application submitted by housing giant, Persimmon Homes, to build 175 houses, 221 flats and a car and bicycle parking, open space and pedestrian infrastructure on the land adjacent to Dovers Corner, Rainham, has been deferred during the regulatory services committee meeting.

The motion for deferral was presented by Cllr Reg Whitney, who was concerned about the details plans for the development.

“I know this is about affordable homes but I am a bit concerned about it,” he said.

The site, which is nearly six hectares, is part of the Rainham and Beam Park housing zone.

The development would see the construction of 10 four and five-storey blocks while the houses would be two to three-storey high.

Plans had been recommended for approval by council officers under the condition Persimmon Homes provides the council with a financial contribution of up to £3,282,000 for educational purposes and the improvement of pedestrian and cycling access in Rainham Village and Beam Park.

Much of the site lies within Flood Zone Three, where there is a high probability of flooding.

The Environmental Agency initially objected to the plans on the basis the flood risk assessment did not demonstrate the site would be safe to develop without increasing flood risk elsewhere.

But these concerns were withdrawn before the meeting after more details on the flood risk assessment were submitted.

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