Plan for 400 homes in Rainham prompts concerns from MP

PUBLISHED: 10:43 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:54 18 February 2015

Jon Cruddas MP

Jon Cruddas MP


Plans have unveiled to build 400 new homes in Rainham – prompting concerns from an MP.

Persimmon Homes Essex is canvassing the opinion of residents ahead of submitting a planning application for a brownfield site at Dovers Corner Industrial Site.

The proposal includes a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes as well as open space.

But, in a letter to the Recorder MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas, said: “My worry is that this will lead to a further strain on our local health services and will also impact on the growing shortage of school places in the area. There are also a number of environmental impacts that need to be addressed, including flood protection.”

Daniel Rapson, technical director for Persimmon Homes, said: “We are really keen to develop a proposal that provides a desirable place to live, introducing more green spaces for existing and future residents of Rainham to enjoy.

“There is a real demand for housing locally and we hope that these new homes will help local young people and families who want to remain in this area.

“As part of any planning application, we will discuss the level of financial contribution required for local infrastructure improvements with the local authority.

We encourage the local community to provide us with their thoughts, which will help to shape the plans as they progress.”

Havering Council previously granted a different developer permission to build 700 homes on the site – however Persimmon Homes is seeking to proceed with a lower density plan.

The company has asked residents to ring 0800 148 8911 or write to FREEPOST, MPC Consultation (no further address information or postage required) with any comments or questions.

John Cruddas has said residents can contact him on or write to me at: Jon Cruddas MP, 598 Rainham Road South, Dagenham RM10 8YP.

Persimmon Homes hopes to submit a formal planning application in the spring.

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