Plans for Rainham’s innovation village to be decided this week
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2016
The first plans to turn run-down industrial sites into an innovation park for small and medium size enterprises have been submitted to the council.
Developers Segro, which won the bid to develop 86 acres of riverside land on both sides of the A13 corridor, is embarking on the multimillion pound project to regenerate a total of eight industrial sites in Rainham.
The three planning applications for commercial and industrial floorspace and parking are located on vacant land off Consul Avenue, Rainham, that used to form part of the Ford car plant, which closed in 1995.
The area designated as Beam Reach 5, a 18.6 acre site between the A1306 and the A13, is set to become an innovation village for start-ups as well as bigger working units for established businesses.
If the plans are approved, the site will see the construction of 50 business units of different sizes.
The three planning applications submitted by Segro will be voted on by the council’s regulatory services committee on Thursday.
If agreed, the work could start as soon as October.
This is part of a 10-year-plan, which was agreed by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and announced in October last year by former mayor Boris Johnson.
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