Local Labour campaigners and residents are dismayed by the recent announcement that the Conservative government has decided to curtail Havering’s power to regulate planning applications. While the current Conservative/RA administration has made sure that thousands of new buildings have been built or begun in the south of the borough, in its heartlands of Romford several large developments have been allowed to fall by the wayside.
Matt Stanton, Beam Park prospective Labour candidate, had this to say:
“This move will only serve to embolden private developers into cramming more dwellings into their plans at the expense of the quality of life of local people. Any plans for improvements to infrastructure in new developments will also be under threat.”
Trevor Mckeevor, Beam Park prospective Labour candidate, had similar concerns:
‘Two years ago Havering council came close to losing planning decisions to central Government, due to spurious rejections for new planning applications. Now the Tory government have taken matters into their own hands to increase new builds by up to 35%.
“Unfortunately, this has not gone hand in hand with new infrastructure in the past, Orchard Village being a prime example. Havering needs quality family homes not shoddy concrete blocks which fail to deliver for local people.”
The local Labour Party in Havering is committed to delivering good quality housing, in developments complemented by the infrastructure they need, from schools and recreational amenities to healthcare. Once developers are awarded planning permission, the team will publicly call on them to deliver the homes they are seeking to make a profit on, rather than sitting back and placing more densely packed applications years later.