Dagenham and Rainham MP objects to council's third planning application to build on Dover's Green
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 July 2018
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas joined residents in opposing a third planning application to build homes on a contested area of land in Rainham.
Mr Cruddas travelled to the open space by Dovers Farm Estate on Sunday, July 15 to express his disappointment that residents are once again facing a planning application to build 30 new homes on the open space area by the estate.
In an open letter to South Hornchurch residents, he wrote: “Dover’s Green is of integral importance to the local area and the community.
“We only have to look at the events of the last few years to see the strength of feeling against developing this area; residents have fought off previous applications, and have repeatedly sought to protect the land.”
Peter Taylor Associates submitted the planning application on behalf of Havering Council.
The planning application is a resubmission following two previous planning applications to build on the land bounded by New Zealand Way and the proposal is for 30 new dwellings comprising two bedroom and three bedroom houses with associated car parking and landscaping.
In his open letter the Dagenham and Rainham MP also made reference to a recent Freedom of Information Request which revealed that Havering Council had spent more than £100,000 opposing residents’ campaigns to get village green status for the open space.
“We don’t want ‘leafy Havering’ turned into a concrete jungle,” said Mr Cruddas.
“In 2017 there were plans to de-classify 122.3 hectares - 171 football pitches worth of green belt in the Rainham are alone.
“These plans were revised at the beginning of this year, but if we allow Dover’s Green to disappear how long before the Tories in the Town Hall turn their attention back to these sites?”
Mr Cruddas also wrote a letter of objection to Havering Council in which he pointed out that Dover’s Green has historical significance as it houses a war memorial plaque to commemorate the ANZAC forces.
“If this application is approved we run the risk of creating a jungle to the detriment of the existing community,” he wrote.
A spokesman from Havering Council said: “The planning application was lodged by the architects on behalf of the Council.
“Full details of the application can be found on our website www.havering.gov.uk.”