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‘Future is bright’ as council unwraps Romford regeneration plan

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 November 2015

South Street in Romford.

South Street in Romford.

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Entrepreneurs, councillors and developers came together for the unveiling of an ambitious scheme aiming to transform Romford town centre into a hub for economic growth.

More than 120 guests attended the launch of Romford Unwrapped at Fiction nightclub, South Street, on Tuesday, where plans for the Romford Development Framework were put forward by Havering Council.

Councillors are proposing to build thousands of new homes in the town centre, with Romford Market also earmarked for a makeover.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, the council’s leader, said: “Romford town centre has huge potential for economic growth – providing thousands more homes and jobs, encouraging new enterprise and attracting greater investment.”

Speakers at the event included Tom Dobrashian, the council’s head of economic development, Richard Blakeway, London’s deputy mayor for housing, land and property, and designer Wayne Hemmingway.

The council is proposing to build more than 3,500 new homes in the town centre, including up to 300 in the Northern Riverside area and up to 700 in Bridge Close.

Improvements will also be made to Cottons Park, where there is potential for residential homes to overlook the green space and link up to the town centre.

There is a consented scheme for new homes in Angel Way, as well as a council car park and new public spaces.

Romford Market could be given a makeover through the introduction of wireless connectivity and new places to eat around the Market Place.

The town’s new leisure complex, to be built in Western Road, was given the go-ahead in September and will play a key part in the town centre’s regeneration.

The council is on the lookout for investors and developers keen to get involved.

Cllr Ramsey added: “The future for Romford, as London’s eastern gateway, is bright, bold and exciting.

“Havering Council is leading on this change agenda and we look forward to working in partnership with you to deliver these ambitions and unwrap Romford’s potential.”

To become a partner in the regeneration, or to share any proposals, email economic.development@havering.gov.uk.


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