On the 31st of January Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Planning and Permission Homes regarding planning for the redevelopment of Rainham Library and surrounding offices. Jon received several concerns from residents regarding the plans to build 62 new homes, with associated roads, parking, hardsurfacing, landscaping, boundary treatment, refuse stores, and electrical substation and means of access to and from Broadway.

Concerns about the impact this redevelopment would have had on the local community included overcrowding at c2c Rainham station which has already become a public health risk, the issue local schools which are already reaching full capacity and lastly public services such as doctors surgeries which are under immense strain. This redevelopment would have added pressure on both the education and health infrastructure within Rainham Village as well as causing a large amount of disruption and would have bought immense impact on the village.

Jon asked his residents to email Havering Planning contesting the planning development and he is pleased to announce that with the help of Rainham residents Permission Homes have withdrawn their application and no further action will be taken. This is fantastic news for Rainham and Jon would like to thank all residents who emailed Havering Planning raising their concerns.

Jon Cruddas MP Said: “The failure of officially consulting residents in regards to the planning of the redevelopment of Old Rainham Library is totally unacceptable and can never happen again. I would like to thank all residents who wrote to me, phoned my office or emailed in to raise their concerns. With your help, we have succeeded in making sure the people of Rainham have been heard and this is a great success for the community.”