Plans submitted to demolish Upminster Farm and build nine houses
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 December 2018
A planning application has been submitted to demolish Chapmans Farm in Upminster and build nine houses on the land.
Developers Hunter UK Properties, propose to build six semi detached, and three detached houses on land in Hall Lane.
The one acre farm, used for horse riding and stabling, has was put up for sale by Cambridge University for around £1m in March last year.
The farm was being sold as a residential development opportunity through the St Albans office of property consultants Bidwells.
Maketing material stated: “A rare opportunity to acquire this existing livery yard which benefits from a positive pre-application in favour of residential development.”
The existing outbuildings will be demolished to make way for four, three bedroom houses, three, four bedroom houses and two, five bedroom houses - if the application is granted by Havering Council.
The site is currently a commercial livery yard, made up of 10 wood and corrugated iron built barn and stable buildings, of around 1,665 sq m.
In the design and access statement submitted by Hunter UK properties, it states: “The site is considered acceptable in principle for residential development provided that the proposed dwellings have a similar footprint and heights as the existing buildings to limit the potential impact on the openness of the Green Belt.”
Councilllor Clarence Barrett, of the Upminster and Cranham Residents Association has expressed concerns about the application.
He said: “While there is a need for affordable housing in our borough, the development of nine ‘unaffordable’ luxury houses on Green Belt land is not the answer.
“Our Green Belt is a valuable community asset and any encroachment will be vigorously resisted. As we saw from all the applications from developers to remove land from our Green Belt while formulating the borough’s Local Plan, any dilution will set an unwelcome and damaging precedent.
“We all cherish our green and open spaces and this is surely more important than the profit margins of developers and the supply of £1million luxury homes for the very few.
“The community have rallied around to oppose this application and our public meeting on Thursday will provide an opportunity to exchange information.”
Residents’ can express any concerns/objections to the council online and the closing date is Friday, December 14
The Residents’ Association will also be holding a public meeting on Thursday (December 6) at 8pm in the Cranham Community Centre, Marlborough Gardens, to discuss the application.
To view the application in full visit the council’s website.