Over the next 12 years, Wates Residential will be partnering with Havering Council to regenerate 12 council estates across Havering. The announcement in March 2018 stated that around 3,000 homes will be built on sites across the borough.

Last week Wates Residential carried out a week-long volunteering event which saw flower beds and vegetable patches planted across several housing estates across Havering, with help from senior officers of the council.

More than 30 staff from Wates Residential swapped their day jobs to spend time volunteering to support residents in Havering as part of the company’s ‘Reshaping Tomorrow Week’.

Sheltered schemes, temporary accommodation facilities and homeless hostels benefitted from the weeks program. Will Perrin Court, a homeless hostel based in South Hornchurch, saw a raised vegetable bed planted within their grounds.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “It’s great to see productive community engagement across Havering. Several housing estates are well overdue regeneration, including New Plymouth House and Napier House in South Hornchurch Ward. The new vegetable bed located at Will Perrin Court is a great way to encourage residents to grow and cook their own vegetables.”

“However, on the housing side, whilst regeneration is much needed it cannot be at the expense of existing communities. That is why my teams in the area will be keeping a close eye on the mix of tenures and the quality of the housing being built. We don’t want another Orchard Village scenario.”