Havering Council planning: Six houses in Rainham get go-ahead - despite 45 objections from neighbours

PUBLISHED: 16:32 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 19 November 2013

Last week's meeting at Havering Town Hall saw the houses granted planning permission

Last week's meeting at Havering Town Hall saw the houses granted planning permission


Six houses will be built in Rainham after Havering Council’s planning committee voted through the proposal – despite 45 letters from neighbours opposing the build.

Havering Council planning in numbers

1 apology for absence

0 declarations of interest

4 sets of minutes approved as accurate records

12 applications approved

0 applications refused

Two applications deferred

Three: Number of times councillors voted against officers’ recommendations

A three-house terrace, a block of two semi-detached houses and one detached house will be built on land between Mayfield Grove, Surridge Close and Parsonage Road.

Householders from nearby roads spoke out at the meeting against the “overdevelopment”, which they said would restrict light into nearby gardens and rob the community of a green space.

“The space is used as a play area and for community events,” said one.

“It will be overbearing and restrict light into the gardens of Mayfield Grove.”

But a spokesman for the developers told the chamber: “We’re under the guideline in [the council’s] policy that we should have between 30 and 50 dwellings per hectare.

“We have only achieved 24 because we’ve provided lots of access roads and because we don’t want to overdevelop the site.”

He added the gardens of the new houses would be larger than those of the existing homes in Mayfield Grove.

Cllr David Durant (Independent Residents, Rainham and Wennington) echoed the residents and criticised the loss of the green space, saying it would “change the character of the area”.

But the proposal was passed by nine votes to two.

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