“Crushing blow” as Rainham development approved
PLANNING approval has been given to the controversial new flat and housing development at Dover’s Corner, Rainham.
The green light was given this afternoon (January 28) by the planning inspectorate, following a public inquiry which started in September.
Havering Council had rejected the application while the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation - the decision-making body for large scale planning proposals in the area - approved it.
The permission means that Weston Homes can now build 634 flats and 95 houses at the site, but the council has said it will see if they can still take legal action to prevent it.
Cllr Michael Armstrong, cabinet member for transformation, said: “We are very disappointed with this outcome. We have spent many months objecting with local residents that the development was completely inappropriate and does not fit in with the historical setting of Rainham.
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“We want Rainham’s unique character to be protected and maintained and will be looking at the decision to see if legal action may be justified.”
South Hornchurch councillor Michael Deon Burton also expressed his disappointment at the decision.
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He said: “It’s a crushing blow for my residents. It’s the lack of joined up thinking this represents that’s really awful. There’s a shortage of services in the area and this sort of high density influx will do nothing for residents.”