Charity fears worst following Havering population predictions

PUBLISHED: 15:27 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:44 05 February 2015

A GLA report projects Havering's population to be at 291,000 in 2039. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

A GLA report projects Havering's population to be at 291,000 in 2039. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

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A homeless charity is fearing the worst after new figures predicting a booming population were released this week.

Havering’s projected population

Mid-year estimate 1939: 139,000

Mid-year estimate 1988: 236,000

Census 2011: 237,000

Projection for 2015: 250,000

Projection for 2021: 266,000

Projection for 2031: 283,000

Projection for 2039: 291,000

The Greater London Authority (GLA) report projected Havering’s population in 2015 to reach 250,000 – an increase of 80 per cent since 1939.

Havering has seen the second highest population increase in London, just behind Hillingdon, which grew by 82pc.

The report predicts that Havering’s population will reach 291,000 by 2039 – an increase which could see 41,000 people coming into the borough over the space of 24 years.

Homeless charity Hope4Havering fears the potential rise in population will be a strain on its services as a lack of affordable housing could force people onto the streets.

Hope4Havering’s Emma Simmonds said: “Population growth is something that causes concern. We’ve been going for three years now and even in that time it’s been very noticeable how much the population has increased.”

The charity houses up to 15 people a night at its shelter.

“People are with us for longer than we’d like because there just isn’t enough affordable housing.” said Emma.

“Services are stretched as it is and an increasing population will definitely be a strain on us.”

Estate agent Balgores says house price rises in the borough are rising because of its rising population.

Romford branch manager Gavin Hockett said: “There’s a general increase in the UK but our borough is increasing much more rapidly.”

Environment cabinet member Cllr Robert Benham said: “Havering has good transport links, lots of parks and green space, so it’s understandable that people want to live here. That’s why we have robust plans in place to make improvements to roads and town centres, increase school places, and ensure developers pay their share towards this new infrastructure.”

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