Rainham and Beam Park
The Council was granted Housing Zone status in June 2015 and the Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone followed shortly after.
Our vision for the Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone is the transformation of a declining industrial area into a vibrant new urban community providing much needed new housing including affordable and family homes for local people, social, physical and green infrastructure with good access to public transport and employment opportunities.
The Housing Zone is ambitious and will see the building of 3,500 new homes over the next 10 to 15 years.
Crucially we have been working with its partners and developers to ensure that a full range of social infrastructure, including education, health, transport, social and leisure facilities are funded and in place to support the new homes and community at the appropriate time.
Beam park station
The station is pivotal to the delivery of over 5,000 homes and the wider regeneration of London Riverside, ‘London’s largest Opportunity Area’.
As well as unlocking homes for over 13,000 residents, the station will form a civic heart and local centre for Beam Park, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area, which has high levels of deprivation.
The new station will bring environmental benefits by encouraging a shift away from car use and supporting a reduction in parking.
The housing projects unlocked by the station will invest over £1 billion into the local area, delivering two new primary schools, a three-hectare park, community and health centres and over 60,000 sqft of commercial space, directly creating over 250 jobs.
- Improved connectivity – improving access to public transport in areas around the station for people who currently do not have adequate access to public transport.
- Additional passengers on the rail network, as many of these inhabitants cannot reasonably get to the existing c2c stations at Rainham and Dagenham Dock.
- Reduction in emissions from modal shift of 4.5million KG of CO2 each year
- Job creation (1,270 direct jobs and 120 indirect jobs) at new commercial units and through the construction phases
- An increase in business investment, supported by the London Gateway Freeport designation.
- Direct land value uplifts of £69 million per annum.
- Reduced crime levels in area surrounding the station.
- 5,000 new homes (of which at least 1,686 affordable) will be built.
- Popular among those who have already put down deposits on new homes near the station.
- It will be welcomed by residents in the borough of all social backgrounds and political views.
- Sends a message that the Government is behind levelling up within London.
- Beam Park Station will also provide a spring board for new or improved public transport connections to the London Riverside BID which represents around 400 businesses and employing more than 3,750 people.
- January 2016 – Rainham and Beam Park planning framework
- December 2017 – Joint venture partner appointed for multi-million pound regeneration of Beam Park
- June 2020 – Public consultation opens
- July 2020 – Strategic Planning Committee consider Beam Park
- November 2021 – Council Leader calls for agreement on new Beam Park station
- December 2021 – Cabinet consider Rainham and Beam Park Compulsory Purchase Order
- December 2021 – Council Leader writes to Secretary of State about Beam Park Station delay
- December 2021 – Council withdraws Rainham and Beam Park CPO
- January 2022 – Parliamentary debate on Jan 11, 2022 secured by Jon Cruddas MP
- March 2022 – Transport Minister indicates positive step forward on Beam Park Station
- December 2022 – Council Leader writes to Secretary of State about Beam Park Station delay
- May 2023 – Havering Council launches infrastructure vision
- May 2023 – Watch our video presentation on the vision for Havering and the wider region and read our leaflet
- June 2023 - Letter from Leader of Havering Council to Paul Scully, MP, Minister for London
- June 2023 – Letter from Leader of Havering Council to Dehenna Davison MP, Under Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
- July 2023 – Cabinet to consider options for Rainham and Beam Park joint venture https://www.havering.gov.uk/news/article/1267/cabinet_considers_options_for_rainham_and_beam_park_joint_venture
Beam Park Station next steps
The GLA and Havering Council are preparing to restart the transport modelling and operational cost modelling exercise, working alongside the Department for Transport (DfT) and c2c.
In this next phase of work, DfT and c2c have requested that the previous modelling is refreshed, by including a range of updated datasets for post-covid travel patterns, operational costs, and performance impacts of Barking Riverside Station on the network.
A Project Sponsor from Network Rail is required to progress this technical work.
An indicative programme has been proposed to DfT and c2c, however this is yet to be agreed.
The proposed milestones for the next steps include:
- finalising the transport modelling and operational cost modelling by summer 2023
- finalising legal and commercial agreements by January 2024
Havering Council officers are commissioning two studies to support the strategic case for the station that are:
- an economic impacts study, which will assess impacts of the new station on the wider area, with a focus on employment sites in the BID area and linking into the newly established Freeport
- an area-wide transport study, to be jointly commissioned with Barking and Dagenham Council, looking at the wider area transport needs and gaps
Monthly stakeholders’ meetings continue, attended by representatives from LBH, LBBD, GLA, the BID, and developers of major housing and commercial schemes in the area, including Countryside, L and Q, Clarion, and Segro.
This group share updates and coordinate any lobbying efforts moving forward.