Planning application submitted for Bridge Close, Romford
Bridge Close Regeneration LLP, a development company wholly-owned by Havering Council, has submitted the planning application for the regeneration of Bridge Close, Romford.
The planning application seeks approval for up to 1,070 new homes, including affordable housing, a new three-form entry primary school, a community centre, a health centre, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge and extensive investment in the public realm, including the greening and naturalisation of the River Rom.
The proposals include a mix of private and affordable housing with provision of 35 percent affordable, high-quality, energy-efficient homes that are fit for the future, with new and improved communal and commercial spaces as well as infrastructure and improvements to public spaces.
These much-needed new affordable homes will help reduce the pressure on housing in the borough.
The scheme will provide improvements to public spaces, including better access around Romford for pedestrians and cyclists with a new bridge crossing to provide a quick, safe and direct route to Romford Station.
A new park, planting and trees as well as the greening of the River Rom will provide a new amenity for families and other members of the local community.
A trim trail will support healthy and active living.
This is a result of extensive consultation with local people in Romford.
Over 2,000 residents have participated in the consultations since 2018, and have shown wide support for the investment and the development of the tired industrial part of Romford town centre.
Some of that community feedback has resulted in a number of changes being made prior to submission of the planning application.
For example, respondents told us they wanted increased accessibility to the town centre and public transport.
There was also strong support for the proposed new health centre and school.
In addition, the scheme will include accessible cycle racks and cycle paths, dedicated disabled parking spaces in an accessible location close to the health centre, and traffic management measures including a school street for the primary school.
Councillor Graham Williamson, Cabinet Lead for Development and Regeneration, said:
“A huge amount of engagement and consultation has taken place ahead of the submission of this planning application.
"I am delighted therefore we are finally able to progress this scheme.
“It reflects our commitment to deliver modern, energy-efficient, high quality homes and infrastructure for local people and forms part of the broader ambition for Romford town centre.”
The scheme is funded by Havering Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA), which is ring-fenced funding dedicated for housing and therefore remains unaffected by the Council’s current financial position.