Boroughs | Havering




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Havering is experiencing significant development demand and there is a need to increase the supply of housing to meet the demands of the growing population which is expected to be over 293,000 by 2031 (from Adopted Local Plan

The new Havering Local Plan sets out how the London Plan New Homes target will be met and commits to the delivery of 18,930 new homes between 2016 and 2031 including over 6,000 new homes in the Romford Strategic Development Area and over 3,000 new homes in the Rainham and Beam Park Development Area.

The council is committed to ensuring that residents have access to high quality, affordable new homes. The new Local Plan requires 35 per cent of new homes to be affordable.


Population projections 2021 263,358

Population projections 2050 315,721


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 12,850

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 282

  • Strategic location at the intersection of key transport connections between London and the rest of the UK, and just 30 minutes from City and Stansted airports means we are the gateway to London from the East and to Europe from London.
  • Part of the new Queen Elizabeth Line, the new railway line, currently being built by Crossrail Ltd, will stop at 41 accessible stations, including Harold Wood, Gidea Park and Romford, and will link Havering to Bond Street, London Heathrow, Bond Street and further west to Maidenhead.  It is expected to serve around 200 million people each year.
  • Among the highest levels of entrepreneurship in the UK
  • One of the highest percentage of parks and open spaces (60%) and the second lowest population density for London, contributing to an excellent quality of life for those living, working and visiting the borough.

Zoe Fletcher , Senior Communications and Campaigns Officer

“Representing the very best of being both part of a global city and retaining an Essex spirit of independence and entrepreneurialism, Havering is a fantastic place to visit, live, work or do business.

Easy access to the city and the wider South East via the M25, relatively affordable housing, and a wealth of green and open space has made Havering an attractive haven for businesses and residents.

With our ambitious regeneration programme, as well as extensive support for local businesses and startups, Havering has the potential to realise significant payoffs in terms of growth and local aspiration. By supporting businesses to locate and expand within the borough, and to make sure that our residents are the first to benefit from such growth. Havering will lead the way in pursuing a prosperous future for businesses and residents, using innovative regeneration and development programmes to facilitate meaningful growth and an even brighter future.”

Cllr Damian White, Leader of Havering

  • Development is not just about new homes, new jobs are an essential part of the story. Havering sees economic development not in isolation but as part of a broader Inclusive Growth Strategy bringing together economy, place, skills, social value, sustainability and community.  The strategy describes the Council’s approach to establishing the foundations for growth through transport, digital infrastructure provision and workspace.  It focusses on wrap-around business support, nurturing businesses from pre-start ups to established enterprises seeking next-level growth through innovation, sector support and development, and support for peer networks. 
  • It seeks to position Havering as a key destination for mobile investment in the context of its easy access to national and international connectivity for both goods and data.  It describes the Council’s approach to regeneration of place.  Finally it seeks inclusively to deliver the benefits of economic growth and regeneration to all parts of the Havering community by supporting the development of employment and skills.
  • Future Cube, is a brand new innovation centre designed to support and cultivate London’s innovative manufacturing, logistics and construction businesses, has opened in the heart of the Thames Gateway. Located in Rainham, perfectly situated on the border of London and the wider southeast, Future Cube will be home to a range of demonstrators and tools that will help businesses to explore and adopt new technologies and improve their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness in an exciting and engaging way.
  • London’s most welcoming borough: at the intersection of key infrastructure networks North and South, London to Essex and sitting astride the internet fibre connection to the rest of Europe.
  • Business: a natural home of entrepreneurship and among those at the top of the start-up league tables — Experian Start Up Capital of Britain in 2015.
  • Good Growth: making sure that growth is always ‘good growth’ delivering benefits for all of our communities and giving everyone the opportunity to engage and participate.