Housing proposals for green-belt Mardyke Farm
PUBLISHED: 14:50 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:50 02 July 2015
Green-belt land could be sold for housing as soon as work is finished restoring it to its former glory after years as a landfill.
Mardyke Farm in South Hornchurch is being transformed from a waste dump back into a public park, with work expected to be completed by 2017.
It is being done as part of an old 106 agreement that came to light when owners Ebbcliff attempted to build houses on the 32-hectare land space in 2007.
Campaign groups helped to prevent the work then, and the council instead instructed that the land should be restored.
But now it has emerged Ebbcliff have again proposed selling the land to Barrett housing company, for the building of thousands of homes on the land, as part of Havering Council’s Local Plan.
The 106 agreement states 75 per cent of the land must be kept as open space with unrestricted access and 15pc as a nature conservation site.
Cllr Roger Ramsey, council leader, said: “Developers have submitted this proposal as part of the consultation on the new Local Plan and we will consider it with all other proposals before any decisions are made.
“The restoration of the site is still taking place and is not affected.”
Developers submitted proposals as part of a consultation for City of London Local Plan, the new strategy for planning.
Cllr Graham Williamson, who fought the proposals in 2007 as part of the Adamsgate Action Group, said: “The Council is already talking about developing an area around the A1306 to provide 3,500 homes, many no doubt for people from outside the area.
“We will struggle to ensure there is adequate health care and schooling, let alone sufficient road space. The area couldn’t cope with any more properties.
“Residents fought long and hard to ensure the land was turned into a public park for the benefit of future generations. We owe it to them to protect our greenbelt from being lost forever.”
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