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Havering Council moves forward with plans to build 1,000-home development on Romford estate

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 November 2017

An artist's impression of what the finished River Rom could look like at Bridge Close. Photo: Havering Council

An artist's impression of what the finished River Rom could look like at Bridge Close. Photo: Havering Council

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Plans to regenerate a run-down Romford industrial estate by building around 1,000 homes there were agreed by Havering Council’s cabinet last night.

On Wednesday night at Havering Town Hall, cabinet members discussed plans to transform the Bridge Close site as part of an ambitious plan that it is hoped will be a catalyst for regeneration across the town centre.

In July, two men were shot and another stabbed at an illegal rave held in a warehouse on the estate.

Now, the local authority is proposing to build a new residential-led development of one, two and three-bedroom homes at the site, alongside a new three-form entry primary school and healthcare facilities.

It was also announced at the meeting that, thanks to increased funding from the GLA, 35pc of the development will be affordable housing.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, council leader, said that entering into a joint 50-50 venture with developers Savills Investment Management and First Base, would show the council was pioneering new was of delivering its housing targets.

He told the meeting: “I think this is an inspirational scheme because it is working together with experts from the private sector to do something quite exceptional.

“As good as the council might be in many areas, we are not experts in building homes, we’re not experts in developing, whereas others are.

“If we are working with some of them in a joint venture we have some measure of control over what goes there and the design of it.”

Cllr Ramsey also believes

In a statement released before Wednesday night’s meeting, he said: “This is an important and exciting proposal that could change the face of the town centre in Romford.

“Our communities, opportunities and connections are central to the place we want to create, and key to our vision and ambition for Romford and the rest of the borough.

“Being part of a joint venture as an equal partner would give us control over the development, and allow us to ensure it is of the highest quality and fits with the expectations of our people.

“This is absolutely crucial for us.”

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