Strategic Planning Committee updated on Chippenham Road redevelopment

Published: Tuesday, 30 January 2024

Havering Council Officers provided a comprehensive update on the progress of the regeneration of Chippenham Road, Harold Hill.

The second phase of the Harold Hill masterplan was discussed during a session with the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) held on 25 January 2024.

During the session, councillors received an update from the joint venture between Havering Council’s Regeneration team and Wates’ Residential business on timings for the planning application at Chippenham Road, a summary on housing quality, open spaces for the public to enjoy and sustainability initiatives as well as early design concepts.  

Whilst the scheme is not finalised, the SPC members were provided the opportunity to share any feedback relating to the forthcoming application.

Discussions included the early design features, in particular the parking provision, servicing and waste collection.

These points will be addressed by the project team ahead of the planning application being submitted later this year.

Councillor Graham Williamson, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said:

“It was great to hear the progress being made for Chippenham Road and to see the support from the local community and ward councillors for the proposals.

"The comprehensive approach will make sure that the proposals are genuinely informed by the local community through regular updates and consultations at each stage of the planning process.

“In the meantime, the progress for the new Family Welcome Centre and Health Centre continues, as does the estate improvement work to maintain and improve the estates until the regeneration starts.”

Hugh Jeffery, Regional Development Director at Wates Residential, acknowledged the early progress made in Harold Hill and commended the efforts by Havering’s regeneration team in realising the potential for this part of the borough.

He said:

“Working with the community is key to success with regeneration projects, and as we draw closer to being able to present designs to the community, it is imperative that we ensure all councillors remain informed on the plans for Chippenham Road.

"We were pleased to have been given further positive feedback and are excited about moving forward with the programme.”