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Plans for 396 homes at Dovers Corner, Rainham, to be decided on tonight

PUBLISHED: 10:50 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 25 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 are due to be considered by the council’s committee tonight.

The planning application submitted by housing giant, Persimmon Homes, proposes 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.

Plans also extend into the Rainham trading estate and Boomes industrial estate along New Road.

If approved, the existing structure on the site would be demolished to give way to the new development.

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.

The plans are recommended for approval under the condition of a financial contribution to the council 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 first 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But these concerns have now be withdrawn after more details on the flood risk assessment were submitted.

The regulatory services committee will make a decision about the plans tonight.

Read about the decision on the Recorder online tomorrow.

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