Havering Council is calling on residents, businesses and landowners to take part in the ‘call for sites’ exercise which will help us gather information about possible development sites in the borough.

This exercise asks businesses and landowners to submit potential development sites in the borough.

These sites can be residential, commercial, or other purposes such as leisure, education, or healthcare.

Sites received during this exercise are not automatically marked for development, nor do they gain any special status.

They are only collated to be subject to further assessment. 

The information received will then be compiled and assessed against a series of technical criteria to better understand which sites have the potential to be suitable for development within Havering, and are deliverable in the timescale of the new local plan as well as more broadly.

Every council has a legal duty to prepare and adopt a Local Plan.

It is a key document which sets out planning policies and proposals that will help guide future development, and will identify land for future housing, employment and infrastructure needs over the next 15 years.

All planning applications are assessed against the local plan and it provides the framework for the council’s own extensive regeneration programme.

Havering’s current Local Plan was adopted in 2021 and now needs refreshing, as required by the planning inspectorate.

Councillor Graham Williamson, Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration, said:

“The Local Plan will help us to shape and meet Havering’s needs for housing and employment land, as well as putting plans in place for the necessary infrastructure to support that development.

"They are both key to the borough’s future prosperity and the aspirations of our communities.

“This new Local Plan will be a key document that will help to contribute to a positive future in Havering, setting out how we will achieve this over a 15 year period and I encourage all landowners considering development opportunities to take part in this exercise.”

The Local Plan ‘Call for Sites’ runs from 3 March 2023 until 30 April 2023

Submit a site for consideration

Any queries can be emailed to developmentplanning@havering.gov.uk

Published: 6 March 2023