Hundreds of letters delivered to Havering Council objecting to Dovers Farm Estate housing plan

PUBLISHED: 13:17 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 12 April 2017

Tug-of-war on Dovers Farm Estate green. Picture: Phillip Bowen

Tug-of-war on Dovers Farm Estate green. Picture: Phillip Bowen


Members of a community group fighting to protect their precious open space from housing development have submitted more then 380 objection letters to the council.

Residents fighting to protect the open space at Dovers Farm Estate, Rainham, will also hold a protest outside Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, today at 6.30pm.

In March, a planning application by Woolbro Homes was submitted to build 30 two and three-bed houses on the village green bounded by New Zealand Way, Queenstown Gardens and Gisborn Gardens, collectively known as Dovers Farm Estate

The Dovers Farm Estate Green Committee secretary Matt Stanton said: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has written letters, attended events, and helped in other ways to get us where we are today.”

The development proposal comes at a time when the estate committee awaits a decision on an application it made to protect the open space by giving it village green status.

“To us it is our only amenity that is accessible to the older people in the area and to young children,” he continued.

“We feel that we demonstrated that we are using the space and want to continue using the space.”

It is currently used for fun days, sports activities, fetes and a children’s play area.

This is the second proposal the committee has fought.

Last year, residents stopped a development proposal of 32 properties.

The committee applied for village green status when Havering Council refused the planning application.

Mr Stanton said it was unfair that a planning application was submitted while a decision on the village green status application was still outstanding.

Should the housing development proposals go ahead, Cllr Graham Williamson (Independent Residents’ Group, South Hornchurch) said more than 80 per cent of the green space would be lost for very little housing.

“There’s an awful lot of love towards that green,” he said.

“I will be asking the council to ensure the village green application is heard and a fair decision made.”

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