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Plans submitted to build 1,380 homes in Romford

Concept art of what the area might look like (credit: Wates Residential)

Havering Council and developer Wates Residential have submitted plans to build 1,380 homes in Romford to the Planning Authority.  

The scheme would see more than 550 affordable properties developed in the Waterloo Estate, consisting of a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes. 

After receiving feedback from the local community, Wates Residential has included designs for a new village green, which would be at the heart of the estate, as well as flower beds, a water feature and a rain garden. 

There is also expected to be additional workspace and technological solutions to help residents work from home. 

Havering Council are currently assessing the application and are aiming to reach a decision during summer 2020. 

If approved, more than 370 homes would be completed during the first phase. 

The council hopes the project will help the local economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic by creating jobs for architects, engineers and builders in the borough.

Waterloo Estate is one of the 12 sites included in the partner’s ’12 Estates’ regeneration programme, which will provide 3,500 new homes in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years. 

The £1 billion scheme will double the amount of council rented accommodation and more than double the amount of affordable housing, which will be prioritised for local people. 

In October 2019, Havering Council approved a similar planning application from Wates Residential to build homes in Napier and New Plymouth House.

They have agreed to work with the developer to provide additional education, skills and training opportunities in the area. 

“I am excited to see another key milestone reached in the progress towards creating much-needed high quality homes for local people and how the development will help to support the road to recovery from Covid-19 for our Havering residents,” said Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White. 

“I am particularly pleased to see how the comments and wishes of local people who attended the public consultations are being included in the plans, especially around the open spaces and the village garden. It means that we’re building homes that will help reduce the demand for social housing as well as prioritising local people for the homes for sale, all of which have purpose and a legacy for generations of Havering residents to come.” 

Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential, said: “We know that for Havering Council and many local residents, increasing the provision of green spaces in the borough is a top priority. As a result, the proposed plans for Waterloo Estate include multiple green spaces including a village garden to help create a safe and healthy environment for people to enjoy in the years to come.”

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