Havering is undergoing several major regeneration and development programmes. The borough actively supports and in many cases spearheads these programmes which are designed to preserve and improve its thriving town centres, business areas and tourist attractions, accommodate an expanding population, while protecting and enhancing the many green areas.
Housing Regeneration Programme
Havering is launching a £1billion contract to build 3,500 homes across 12 development sites. The Council is seeking to form a Joint Venture partnership with a housing developer to deliver this over the next 15 years. It is important that the partner is committed to building high quality homes and to the Council’s vision for the future of Havering. Representatives want to talk to potential partners who can deliver a step change in housing delivery and share our vision for creating great places. An ethos of partnership and commitment to place and people will be essential to the success of this long-term relationship.
Beam Park, Rainham
Design work is underway for a new railway station at Beam Park in Rainham which will connect the area directly to London Fenchurch Street and the South Essex Coast by 2020. The Beam Park site has potential to provide for the building of 4,000 new homes and two primary schools as well as creating numerous employment opportunities. If approved, the development will benefit and promote Rainham’s rich heritage and further strengthen the community.
The London Riverside area extends from East London to Rainham in the south of the borough. It is part of the Thames Gateway redevelopment zone and currently undergoing major regeneration, in part through the Rainham Compass programme. It is expected that by 2025, the development will have created 25,000 jobs and 4-5,000 new homes within Havering. The next few years are likely to see an increase in visitors thanks to the redevelopment of Rainham Hall into a full time National Trust attraction and the expansion of the Rainham Marshes nature reserve.
Harold Hill Ambitions
The Harold Hill area has been subject to major regeneration courtesy of the Harold Hill Ambitions Programme which began in 2008 and saw significant investment in the borough. Since its launch, 900 new homes have been built or are under construction. £2million has been invested in roads, a new library is being built, a new park with sports facilities added and considerable investment made in the existing Central Park as well as the existing Broxhill Sports Centre. A Learning Village has been introduced to help people of all ages learn and improve their skills and has created opportunities and improved the quality of life for local residents. Drapers’ Academy was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in October 2012 and provides new educational facilities for 11 to 19-year-olds in partnership with Queen Mary’s College, London. The local Dagnam Park has been extended by 190 acres and myplace, a £4.5 million youth and community centre, has been built, all combining to make the location an accessible, well-served, and prosperous place to live.
Crossrail is the region’s newest high frequency, high capacity railway which will connect Essex and East London to the South East, including Heathrow Airport. It will call at Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Romford stations, all of which are set to experience a high level of improvement as part of the Crossrail programme. The Romford Leisure Development is an incredibly exciting project for the borough. It will deliver an eight-lane competition swimming pool, a training pool, fitness suite, ice rink and numerous leisure facilities, right in the heart of Romford Town Centre. It is a key project that will dramatically renew the area’s cultural offering.
In support of this widespread business and population growth, the London Borough of Havering is committed to proving all the necessary services, opening new schools, dedicating time to improve hospitals and ensuring the health and wellbeing of its population.