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Decision to be made on plans for 32 homes on 'green gem' in Rainham

PUBLISHED: 12:10 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:10 27 June 2016

Residents protesting against plans to build 32 affordable homes on a public green off New Zealand Way in Rainham. Pictured in February

Residents protesting against plans to build 32 affordable homes on a public green off New Zealand Way in Rainham. Pictured in February

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The fate of a green space described by residents as a "gem" and earmarked for a housing development will be decided this week.

An artist impression of the houses and flats, which would be built on the green  Credit: Havering CouncilAn artist impression of the houses and flats, which would be built on the green Credit: Havering Council

Plans to build 32 affordable homes off New Zealand Way, Rainham, on the public area bordered by Queenstown Gardens and Gisborne Gardens have been opposed by residents since February.

The application submitted by Havering Council would see the construction of 13 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom houses and 12 three-bedroom houses in the northern part of the green.

Plans also include 48 on-site parking spaces.

The proposal is recommended for approval under the conditions a children’s play facility is built on the site, trees are planted south of the existing green and a financial contribution of £192,000 is invested by the council for educational purposes.

Residents of the New Zealand estate organised a party on the green to celebrate the Queen's birthdayResidents of the New Zealand estate organised a party on the green to celebrate the Queen's birthday

Earlier this year, 240 residents signed a petition to oppose the development and 85 objection letters were received by the council.

Phillip Bowen, who has lived behind the site for more than 30 years, said: “The council has been sat on this application for four months.

“We will let them know again that we are not happy about plans for housing on the green space,” he said.

Talking to the Recorder in February Mr Bowen said: “It’s an absolute gem of a little bit of green and they want to take it away.”

Residents’ concerns include the loss of their green space, the lack of parking and the increasing pressure on local amenities such as schools and health centres.

The report also states the nearby La Salette Primary Schools uses the site for informal lessons.

The application will be examined by the regulatory service committee on Thursday, when a decision is expected to be taken.

A group of residents will attend the meeting in protest of the potential approval of the plans.

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