Save Our Green Belt


Field behind the Thatched House, St Mary’s Lane

As featured in the November Bulletin, Havering Council are currently preparing a new a borough wide planning strategy, known as  a Local Plan, which takes into account changes made to the Mayor’s London Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework which was published in 2012. As a result, this is the one occasion where developers are allowed to bid to take areas out of the Green Belt.

Currently, there are 56 separate areas in Havering which have been identified by developers, including 11 in Upminster and Cranham. These are as follows:

GB10  Great Sunnings Farm

GB14  Junction of Brookmans Park Drive/A127

GB17  Bottom of Moor Lane behind Moor Lane Church

GB23  Between 194 and 196 Hall Lane

GB29  Chapmans Farm by A127

GB32  Adj. Redcrofts Farm, nr Ockendon Road

GB33  Gaynesborough, Little Gaynes Lane

GB39  Bush Farm, Corbets Tey

GB42  Land nr Brookmans Park Drive

GB50  Park Corner Farm

GB52  Oak Royal Nurseries, 355a Front Lane, Cranham

Full maps at Green Belt Sites and Locations.

The majority of these sites have been identified as ‘residential’. However, the Council’s own officers have clearly stated that Green Belt land is not required to meet Havering’s housing target.

The timetable for this work is lengthy and will involve extensive public consultation on proposals and an examination in public. Public consultation will take place later this year/early 2016. More information can be found on the Council website at

Please be assured that your Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association councillors are very clear that we will fight to keep our Green Belt intact and preserve our green and open spaces for future generations.

This is an emerging issue and we will keep you updated on developments.

At the appropriate time, please do write in to the Planning Department in Mercury House to register your support to keeping Havering’s precious Green Belt.

  1. Hi there.

    Hope your well. Would there be an update if any of these sites have had their green belt status removed ?

  2. Dear Varun,

    I am pleased to inform you that as far as I am aware, they didn’t.

    Kind regards

    Cllr John Tyler

  3. Great, thank you for your reply. So am I correct to surmise that there can be no development permitted on these green belt areas ?


    • It does not stop someone applying for planning permission, but Green Belt status greatly reduces the likelihood of permission being granted for many types of development.

      Kind regards

      Cllr John Tyler

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