Havering presents a distinctively diverse range of housing from traditional family homes to executive properties and social housing. The borough is certainly an ideal choice for businesses seeking a good variety of quality housing for its workforce.
With such close proximity to central London and historically excellent commuter links, it stood to reason that Havering’s towns would grow to become suburban in character, an attractive feature that makes it an area much sought-after.
The borough has the second highest number of semi-detached homes in London as a proportion of total stock (42%) and is the only East London borough with more than 10% of it’; housing being detached, something that rings particularly true of the executive style properties typical of the affluent areas of Emerson Park, Upminster and Gidea Park.
According to the 2011 Census, over 74% of households varying from affordable flats to stand alone mansions in Havering are owner-occupiers, the highest concentration anywhere in London. In 2013, the average house price in the borough was reported by the land registry to be £266,000.
In recent years many of the borough’s town centres have seen the development of quality flatted properties, further widening living choices in the area, and courtesy of the London Plan, there is a commitment to providing an additional 970 new homes per year in Havering but ensuring our countryside is protected which makes up nearly half of the borough.
The London Borough of Havering has a strong commitment to well-designed housing development – and the associated benefits such as leisure and services that accompany it – which will continue for the foreseeable future.
Overall, Havering is and will continue to be an attractive, enjoyable, safe and fully accessible location where housing developments are required to be high quality and design-led, contributing positively to the character of the borough, respecting the local heritage and creating an environment in which people want to live, stay and prosper.