Romford M.P. Andrew Rosindell has written a letter to The Rt. Hon. Greg Clark M.P., Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to raise concerns about how the Mayor of London's housing quota in Romford.
As a member of the Greater London Authority, Havering is required to participate in Mayor Khan’s London Plan which sets out that Havering should provide 12,850 homes over the next 10 years. However, the Mayor of London has said that nearly half of these homes have to be built in Romford.
In the letter, Mr Rosindell said:
Romford is a town and country borough surrounded by beautiful Essex countryside. We have historic buildings, in particular Romford Market which dates back to 1247. It is vital to my constituents that Havering does not become an inner-city Borough, and that Romford’s character as an Essex market town is preserved.
This is why I am so concerned to see that Romford has been identified as an Opportunity Area in the London Plan and is therefore required to accommodate such a large proportion of the new homes quota.
I have received a very clear message from my constituents, both at the door and from those writing to me that they are seriously concerned about the level of developments occurring in the Borough of Havering.
The Mayor of London’s plan to identify Romford as a zone for additional development is therefore completely unacceptable."
You can read the full letter below