The London Borough of Havering’s biggest regeneration scheme has taken a big step forward as it is announced that the first plans have been submitted.

In a joint venture between Havering Council and Wates Residential, plans have been submitted for the complete redevelopment of the Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham. The site is one of 12 included in the estate regeneration programme, which will see approximately 3,000 new homes delivered in the borough over the next 12 to 15 years.

The project will seek to increase the amount of council rented accommodation and double the amount of affordable housing, while the right to return is guaranteed to all residents affected by the redevelopment.

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

Children’s play areas have been included in the plans with green space to make sure the scheme reflects the borough, which has the largest amount of green space in London. The landscape will also be designed to encourage wildlife. This will include the installation of new bat boxes, trees for birds and plenty of flowers for bees.

The submission follows an extensive public consultation which included local residents and businesses. Havering Council’s planning committee will now assess the application and a decision is expected in the latter part of 2019. Demolition will commence this spring and will run parallel to the planning decision making process.

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

15 May 2019