The debate in Parliament on Monday of this week brought by Labour MPs was of real importance to residents of Orchard Village South Hornchurch. The vote was to ask for the government to take action on the building cladding scandal, protect leaseholders from the massive costs of the work needed and to relieve the issue of unsaleable flats.

 

In November 2020 plans were approved by Barking and Dagenham Council to develop the land between the A12 and Padnall Road, providing 219 much needed new homes. The plans were met with opposition from a number of local residents who primarily raised concerns about the impact on the environment and biodiversity in the Padnall Lake area.

 

This week the government unveiled the details of the upcoming Affordable Housing Programme which outlined a £12bn investment running from 2021 to 2026. The programme aims to increase affordable home ownership, but a government spokesperson stated that the majority of homes will be offered as shared ownership.

There will be a portion of the funding available for discounted rents and supported living options. However, the government have explained that the split between social and affordable rents will be decided at a local level.

 

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by concerned residents in Mark’s Gate regarding ongoing development works around the Billet Road area. Resident’s of Coral Close and Uplands Road allege that Redbridge Council failed to consult ahead of a large residential development being approved in 2018 which is now having serious implications on noise levels, traffic congestion, air quality and the environment. 

 

The Health Centre which is planned for the former St. George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch received a £17m cash injection this week bringing the facility one step closer for the community.

Jon Cruddas MP who represents Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park – the latter of which borders the proposed site has welcomed this news saying “whilst the £1.8bn funding boost from the government doesn’t even scratch the surface of what is needed to restore the NHS nationally, I am very pleased that some of this investment will reach residents in my constituency.”

 

Local residents have been informed that Clarion Housing Group has partnered with 5star UK housebuilder Hill to bring forward revised development plans for 90 New Road, Rainham. After a number of years of planning developers are keen to show the local community their enhanced proposals ahead of submitting a planning application to Havering Council. The new plans now include over 650 homes, 35% of which will be “affordable”, six commercial spaces on the ground floor, car parking and landscaping throughout.

A revised application from Countryside Properties Plc and L&Q for the Beam Park development has been submitted following the original plan being rejected by Havering Council and subsequently this decision being called-in by the Mayor of London.

The initial plans were thrown out due to claims of overdevelopment, however there are suggestions that this was an electoral point scoring process as the conservative council were previously called out on their plans to build on over 120 hectares of green belt in the south of the borough.

This week the residents of Dovers Farm Estate Green received the result of last month’s hearing regarding their ‘Village Green’ application to protect their community green.

The residents have fought off two attempts to develop the green in recent years with the help of Jon Cruddas MP, the first proposal came from Havering Council themselves and the second by a private developer.

On Thursday 11th January2017 at Havering Town Hall there was a public hearing to determine whether Dovers Green in South Hornchurch will be granted ‘Village Green’ status, protecting it from future development. The only objector to the application is Havering Council itself.

Havering Council's objection to the application to turn Dovers Green into an official Village Green has been nothing short of contemptible. Jon Cruddas has been fighting alongside the residents for over two years now, and sent a supporting statement to the hearing. 

Long-awaited plans to redevelop Beam Park, the former Ford Assembly plant, and New Road, Rainham have been formally submitted this week to Barking and Dagenham and Havering Councils.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented:

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