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'We're going to fight': Third planning application submitted to build on Dovers Farm Estate

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 18 July 2018

Local residents campaigning against proposed housing development on the Dovers Farm Estate village green.

Local residents campaigning against proposed housing development on the Dovers Farm Estate village green.

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A third planning application has been submitted to build on a Rainham open space despite a campaign by residents for the area to be protected by village green status.

Peter Taylor Associates has submitted a planning application to build 30 homes on an open space by Dovers Farm Estate 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.

Both applications were opposed heavily by residents who live in the area and were eventually refused or withdrawn.

The proposal is for 30 new dwellings comprising two bedroom and three bedroom houses with associated car parking and landscaping.

Matt Stanton secretary of the Dovers Farm Estate Green committee told the Recorder: “Pretty much every house on the estate is going to be opposing this.

“We’re just really dismayed that Havering Council refuses to listen to the people most directly affected.

“Round here we have a real community feel and we depend on each other - we need this recreational space.”

The first planning application was submitted in 2015 and refused in July 2016.

A second proposal was submitted by Woolbro Homes in March 2017, which was also later rejected.

“I’d really like to extend an invitation to all of the councillors to come down to our green and actually see it for themselves,” said Matt.

“We’re not here to make mischief, it’s just a really vital part of our community.

“We’re going to fight this one as hard we fought the previous two.”

One of the planning application documents states that in its current condition, “the site performs a low-key role which allows for informal use.

“There are no children’s play facilities and no apparatus or equipment is installed at the site.

“Whilst these formal play and sports facilities are not accommodated at the site, they are offered at various sites within the vicinity.”

Lessa Open Space, a four minute walk away from the site is referenced as the nearest open space to New Zealand Way, with around 3 hectares of open space, a play site and ball court.

The applicant intends to retain 0.12 hectares of the 0.8 hectare of open space and they plan to launch a public engagement exercise to determine future improvements for the remaining 0.12 hectare of open land.

Matt added: “The four minute walk is Havering Council’s assertion and we contend that this does not apply for less mobile people - the blind, those with childred in prams.

“At the Village Green Hearing, the council accepted that a significant number of persons from the locality had used the land for over 20 years.

“Our use of the land has been both regular and organised.”

In addition, the application notes that the site will provide a tenure mix of 33.3per cent affordable rented units.

A Havering Council spokesman 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.”

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