Social media campaign group hold protest against housing development outside Havering Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 11:17 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 17 July 2017

Members of Residents Action Havering (RAH) outside Havering Town Hall, protesting against the proposed development of 30,000 homes in the borough. Picture: Phillip Bowen

Members of Residents Action Havering (RAH) outside Havering Town Hall, protesting against the proposed development of 30,000 homes in the borough. Picture: Phillip Bowen

Phillip Bowen

Members of a social media campaign group gathered outside Havering Town Hall last week to hold a protest against housing development.

On Wednesday, July 12, around 30 members of the Facebook group – Residents Action Havering (RAH) – protested before the full council meeting.

The group opposed overdevelopment in the borough, in particularly the council’s support for 30,000 homes to be built by 2033.

Cllr Graham Williamson (Independent Residents Group, South Hornchurch) said although the draft local plan suggests maintaining the existing housing target of 1,170 properties per year, it is based on the London Plan 2016.

This will soon be superseded by the Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan, which may be published later this year.

“This would actually require Havering to deliver 30,050 properties by 2033,” said Cllr Williamson.

“We will not stop campaigning until unrealistic housing targets are dropped.

“Our planners are beginning to listen to our pleas not to increase existing targets but we fear that the Greater London Authority (GLA) will demand more from next year.”

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