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The Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan, the Mayor’s London Plan and the recent London Thames Gateway Development Corporation identify Havering as a priority area for regeneration. The projects going on within the borough cover areas from Romford Town Centre, Hornchurch, Upminster, Elm Park and Collier Row and Harold Hill.
Over the next 20 years Havering will use all its potential to develop under-used land to build homes, local amenities and business premises as well as develop sustainable and safe town centres. The borough is committed to the regeneration of London Riverside and sees itself projecting a new urban centre on the River Thames. By 2020 it is hoped that the Havering area of London Riverside will generate almost 10,00 new jobs, 5,000 new homes and create an internationally recognised conservation park. The council is currently working with the London Thames Gateway on a masterplan for the regeneration of Rainham Village and the land along the A1306.
Over the last decade Havering Council and the Romford Town Centre Partnership have delivered massive improvements to Romford town centre. Romford is constantly improving and as a result it is becoming an increasingly popular place for people to live due to its location. Placed within the heart of the Thames Gateway and with the largest shopping centre in the sub-region Romford has plenty to offer. The urban strategy for Romford takes form in four broad themes and will take place over the next two decades. The themes are; Connecting Romford, Liveable Romford, Commercial Romford and Cultural Destination Romford. Around these themes a series of projects will be initiated to confirm each of the objectives.
Hornchurch has the second largest town centre in Havering. The Hornchurch Urban Strategy differs from Romford’s in that it takes into account the unique character of the town and was devised especially to provide a dynamic framework for it. It seeks to build upon the strengths already present, such as the independent restaurants and Queen’s Theatre to make it a cultural centre. Through focusing on developments in theatre, arts, lifelong learning, heritage, recreation and making it a place for a first class visitor experience the objective of a lively centre will be achieved.