Wates, Havering Council submit plans for regeneration project in Rainham

WCN Editorial Team 17 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British construction company Wates Residential and Havering Council have submitted plans for the regeneration scheme of Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham. This will be the biggest regeneration scheme in Havering borough.

The site is one of 12 included in the estate regeneration programme, under which 3,000 homes will be delivered in the borough over the next 12 to 15 years.

The project is also intended to increase the amount of council-rented accommodation and double the amount of affordable housing, while guaranteeing the right to return to all residents.

The Napier and New Plymouth House site proposals include 126 affordable homes, with a number earmarked for families, and an additional 71 homes for private sale.

Plans also include children’s play areas with ample green space. The landscape will be designed to encourage wildlife, with new bat boxes, trees for birds and flowers for bees.

As part of the project, Havering Council and Wates Residential will deliver a borough-wide legacy by investing in education, training and skills opportunities, and employing local businesses to work on the scheme.

Havering Council Leader Councillor Damian White said: “After months in the planning, it is exciting to see us entering the next phase in our ambitious regeneration programme.

“This project will provide much-needed quality, affordable homes for local people in our special borough. It will leave behind a legacy of skills, training, jobs and aspiration which goes far beyond just bricks and mortar.”

Havering Council’s planning committee will assess the application and a decision is expected later in 2019.

Wates Residential development director Kate Ives said: “We are thrilled to have taken the next step forward in building homes for local residents. The Napier and New Plymouth site will be a place to be proud of and will set the standard for high-quality housing across London.”

Demolition will begin in spring and will be carried out parallel to the planning decision making process.

Architects and masterplanners JTP partner Rebecca Taylor said: “JTP are delighted to be submitting design proposals for the first site to come forward in the Havering and Wates regeneration portfolio.

“The regeneration of this key site in Rainham presents an opportunity to deliver high quality new homes and public realm and continue to raise design quality in Havering.”

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Image: Rendering of the Napier and New Plymouth House site regeneration scheme in Rainham. Photo: Courtesy of Wates.

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