Today Jon Cruddas MP opposed a recent planning application made to Havering Council for four new residential homes to be built on Green Belt adjacent to Brettons Cottages on Rainham Road. Concerns were raised by residents that any compromise of the Green Belt could lead to a greater number of applications in the future.

If granted, the construction of four new dwellings would see the loss of a community football pitch, which is used on a weekly basis by residents. It would also see removal of flora and fauna as well as some land infill.

This month Havering Council launches a 1billion contract to build 3,500 homes across 12 of its current housing estates in the borough. One of these estates is The Napier House and New Plymouth House in South Hornchurch.

The Council has formed a Joint Venture partnership with a housing developer to deliver these homes over the next 15 years, although the developer has not yet been announced.

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.

Jon Cruddas is backing a Bill being introduced by Labour MP Karen Buck this Friday 19 January which will give renters a new legal right to ensure their home is ‘fit for human habitation’.

The new legislation, long campaigned for by Labour, could help renters in thousands of dangerously unfit properties across London.

On July 11th 2017, Havering Council released its Local Plan – a guide to the future development of the borough. The Local Plan sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for future growth and development over the next 15 years up to 2031. The plan also indicates the locations in Havering for future housing, employment, retail, leisure, transport, community services and other types of development.

On the 30th June 2017 Woolbro Homes, which hoped to develop 30 two and three-bed houses on Dovers Green in South Hornchurch, withdrew its application. This is fantastic news for the residents surrounding Dovers Green and is proof of what can be accomplished when the community comes together.

Over the last few months Jon Cruddas was made aware of Havering Councils plans to build 30,000 properties across south Havering including on the green belt and flood plains. This was a major concern for the residents. Jon launched a petition against the plans which has so far accumulated over 1000 signatures.

You can sign online here: www.joncruddas.org.uk  

There has been a lot of activity in South Havering recently with important campaigns running successfully. Campaigns include Jon’s ‘C2C Service Consultation’, ‘Save Hornchurch Job Centre’ and ‘Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour’ campaign. With spirits high and lots of information to be shared Jon is looking to his constituency for help, Jon needs you!

Green spaces are at the heart of every community. They represent a space where people have precedence, a space where they are free from cars and concrete, where the eye is drawn to trees and skylines, not concrete and glass. A safe space for children to play, families to congregate, converse and communities to learn about each other.

Over the past two weeks Jon Cruddas’s community volunteers have been out in South Hornchurch, seeing what the residents have to say about the local area. It was brought to Jon’s attention by residents on Blacksmiths Lane, Gainsborough Road, Guysfield Drive, Grove Park Road and Avelon Road that the road surfaces are in a constantly deteriorating state of disrepair.

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