Havering's partners for estate regeneration programme to invest more than £3m in local projects
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 March 2018
School engagement programmes and start-up training centres are some of the commitments a major development company has made, alongside a contract to create more than 3,000 new homes in Havering.
Havering Council declared Wates Residential as its partner for a £1bn joint venture for 3,112 new homes in the borough on March 13.
Wates will invest £3.6m in local projects, which they hope will create more than £6.8m in social value for the borough.
These commitments include forging a partnership with Havering College of Further and Higher Education and the CITB to create a Construction Academy, establishing two start-ups for a training centre, and workshops for first-time buyers on different schemes alongside the government and financial sector.
The Recorder spoke with the director of Wates, Tim Wates, to find out more about why they were chosen to partner with Havering Council on the project.
Tim said: “We’re very much a family owned company.
“Our ethos is that we try to be good neighbours, giving back to communities in lots of different ways.
“We have a commitment to deliver 165 new apprenticeships and work with engaging schools.
“We have made these commitments in our contract, but this is something we find ourselves doing naturally.”
The development company has committed to work with Beyond Food CIC to provide a space for hospitality training for those at risk of homelessness and plans to run two Building Futures courses of pre-employment training for the long-term unemployed, including one specifically for women.
“Already there has been a great deal of consultation with the residents by the council,” said Tim.
“We’re very much joining with them on this, and everything we do will be linked together.”
Councillor Roger Ramsey, leader of the council, added: “Our policy aspirations were to grant more affordable housing for people who need it.
“We also wanted to think in terms of how we can improve the environment and the quality of life for people in the new homes.”
The council hopes the low-cost home ownership will encourage young people to stay in the borough.
“Regeneration is something that is very much in our blood,” said Tim.
“We’re very excited.”