The Strategic Planning Committee of Havering Council in the UK has given approval to the proposal for 1,380 new homes at Waterloo and Queen Street in Romford.

It will feature more than 550 affordable homes for local people, in the form of one, two, three and four bedroom homes constructed from quality and traditional building materials.

The proposal will more than double the count of council rented homes presently on the site and provide 146 low-cost home ownership opportunities.

At the core of the scheme is quality public open space, with a village garden, 159 trees, bat and bird boxes, bug hotels. Furthermore, all buildings will feature green and brown roofs.

The scheme is part of Havering Council’s ’12 Estates’ regeneration programme with joint venture partners Wates Residential.

Intending to double the amount of council accommodation and more than double the count of affordable homes, the £1.5bn programme will see at least 3,500 new homes delivered in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years.

Wates Residential is a privately-owned construction, property services and development company.

Wates Residential regional development director Hugh Jeffery said: “The vote to approve the proposals for Waterloo and Queen Street means we can look forward to building great places for people to live.

“This scheme includes modern, energy efficient homes, open green spaces for playing and relaxing, and workspaces to promote flexible ways of living and working.

“This project is about leaving a lasting legacy for people in Havering and now the scheme is one step closer we look forward to starting construction at the beginning of next year”.

Following its inception in 2018, the Havering and Wates Joint Venture has secured planning on both Napier and New Plymouth House in Rainham and Solar Serena Sunrise in Hornchurch.

Construction of Napier and New Plymouth House is currently underway with the first homes expected to be ready in 2022.


Image: It will feature more than 550 affordable homes for local people. Credit: Havering London Borough.