Rainham industrial park approved

Plans to build a large industrial park bordering the Thames in Rainham were given the green light last night.

Havering’s planning committee granted permission for “phase one” of the Freightmaster Estate, a 13-hectare warehouse site given outline planning permission in 2020.

The first phase will see three large buildings standing 18-21 metres high and covering a total of 35,742 square metres of floor space.

The site, three less than two miles south of Rainham, will be built to accommodate HGV vehicles, more than 250 car parking spaces and 150 cycle parking spaces.

Part of the area is already home to a number of industrial buildings, which neighbour a landfill site, which will be run by Veolia until  2024.

Labour councillor Jane Keane expressed concern about the “rather brutal” dark grey cladding given the neighbouring, Thames river and Wennington Marshes Nature Reserve, while Conservative David Taylor raised possible concerns about the “incredibly bright” 4,000 kelvin outdoor lighting.

Planning officers, who advised councillors to approve the scheme, said those features were not what the planning committee was being asked to decide but noted that their feedback had been “listened to”.

Further details about natural landscaping and planting on the border of the site will be agreed between council officers and applicant Henry Boot Developments at a later date.

The application was approved unanimously following its recommendation by the planning team, who found the plans did not result in any “significant issues”

Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter