A new beginning for the Briar Road Estate?

Harold Hill’s crumbling and unpopular Briar Road Estate looks set to be transformed into a mini-village under a major new rejuvenation scheme.

Havering Council’s Cabinet will consider a recommendation to approve Notting Hill Housing Association (HA) as the developer on Wednesday (October 26).

If agreed, the HA plans to build 164 new homes for local people and to redevelop the shops and introduce a new ‘village square’.

Most of the new homes will have gardens, and more than 80 per cent would have two or three bedrooms.

Environmental improvements will also be made, including:

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Replacement and relocation of street lighting

Resurfacing of roads and pavements

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Tree planting and landscaping

Refurbishment of garages,

Traffic calming measures

Bosworth Field will gain play facilities, with a football pitch, more trees and hedges, an outdoor gym, and seating

The plans form part of the council’s far-reaching Harold Hill Ambitions project, agreed in 2008, to tackle deprivation in the area.

The developer will consult with residents on design proposals.

Around �2 million will be spent on improvements, primarily funded from money the council receives from the sale of land to the developer to build the new homes.

A public meeting is scheduled for October 27.

Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing, said: “We want to transform the Briar Road estate and Harold Hill to open up new and exciting opportunities for residents to improve their lives. We have consulted widely with local people about our plans to improve the estate and we are moving closer to seeing our ideas put into action.”

Parts of the Briar Road estate are in a run down condition with unpopular communal areas and open spaces. The layout of the estate means pedestrians have limited access to some areas and there is a lack of recreational and play facilities.

Residents have been widely consulted since 2008.

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