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Rainham and Beam Park redevelopment sparks parking concerns

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 January 2016

Artwork Rainham and Beam Park development

Artwork Rainham and Beam Park development

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The Rainham & Wennington and South Hornchurch Working Party met on Tuesday evening to discuss the Rainham and Beam Park development.

At the meeting, held at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, the issue of parking sparked a debate, leading to Cllr Graham Williamson (South Hornchurch) to describe it as “the elephant in the room.”

Under the current plans,half a parking space will be allocated to one bedroom studios or flats, one space to two bedroom flats, one and a half to three bedroom houses and two spaces for three to four bedroom homes.

There is a recommendation that parking will be unallocated across the estate.

This was criticised by Cllr Reg Whitney (Saint Andrews) who said any plans must be realistic.

He said: “We want to get away from this idea that people don’t own a car.

“It’s about time we woke up and accepted that the car is here to stay.”

A number of options are being considered, including underground parking, although this may not be viable due to cost.

Other suggestions include shared parking garages at the side of flats as well as the general promotion of car sharing and public transport as an alternative.

The development, which has received £48 million in funding, mainly from the Greater London Authority, will see 3,500 new homes and a new train station built on industrial land in Rainham.

A major part of the area lies in the floodplain of the River Thames and Cllr Phil Martin, (South Hornchurch) asked about flood defences, after the havoc in Cumbria.

He said: “This estate is being built on the flood plain.

“It is an extremely worrying thing.

“When the Thames barriers go down, what might happen?”

In response, a spokesman for the project said that an updated environmental impact assessment had been approved by the Environment Agency.

This was done in line with new requirements concerning climate change.

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