Rainham and Beam Parkway Development Sites

Rainham and Beam Park
Image: artist impression of the RW4b site

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you regenerating Rainham and Beam Park?

The need for new and affordable housing to meet increasing local demand is recognised at national and regional level. In 2015, after a successful bidding process, the area was designated as one of the Mayor of London’s Housing Zones – this was part of the long term vision for the area, which the Council has been working towards for a number of years. This will bring tens of millions of pounds in investment funding into the area.

The south of the borough hasn’t received the same amount of investment as other more central areas over the years. The Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone will deliver 3,500 new homes along with the entire mix of essential social amenities that a community would want and need including a school, health facilities, a 2km Linear Park along the A1306 and a new station at Beam Park to create a sustainable and connected new community.

What will the Housing Zone deliver?

The Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone will deliver:

Why did the Council choose Notting Hill Genesis as development partner?

The Council does not have the resources or capacity to deliver such a large and complex development scheme alone, so an experienced development partner is vital. Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) is a financially robust housing association with expertise far beyond traditional affordable housing provision, including residential development for sale, market rent, student accommodation and commercial premises. NHG’s approach as a long-term owner and manager of property means they are committed to building homes and communities that will last, as they will be maintaining and managing these properties for many years to come.

What is being delivered as a result of your partnership with NHG?

Within the Housing Zone there are major sites that will be brought forward for development by housebuilders, notably Countryside at Beam Park and Clarion at Somerfield. However, there are also sites that will require direct intervention from the Council to enable development that meets with the overall Housing Zone objectives of high-quality design and comprehensive developments. This avoids small-scale piecemeal projects, generally offering poor quality design and build with limited contribution to affordable housing provision, the environment and infrastructure provision.

Working with NHG, we will be assembling a number of sites along the A1306 to then develop into more than 880 high quality homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable. This is a £250 million project which will transform the A1306 corridor into a vibrant, sustainable, residential-led neighbourhood.

How will the community benefit?

The project will deliver local homes for local people, and will benefit the community in more ways than one. It will provide employment opportunities through construction and apprenticeships and improve commercial prospects for local businesses.

The new homes developed by the Council and NHG will give hundreds of families from Havering the chance to move into a high quality new home and make the most of the new, modern facilities being created as part of the wider housing zone.

Improved open spaces, better transport, and a new health centre and school will help improve lives for thousands of residents living beyond the housing zone, while NHG will also provide 37 construction apprenticeships and 77 training opportunities to people living within the borough.

The partnership between the Council and NHG will seek to deliver at least 35% affordable housing, a mixture between London Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership. NHG will seek nominations from the Council’s waiting list for these properties.

When will the new homes be built?

We are embarking on a seven year programme of delivery with the first homes due to be delivered circa 2022 followed by regular delivery of new homes up to late 2025/2026.

How can I get one of the affordable homes?