Regeneration of the Mardyke Estate
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Sheet No.06
Q1.Is the Mardyke Estate going to be redeveloped?
As part of the proposals for the Stock Transfer of the Mardyke Estate to Old Ford
Housing Association, which is part of the Circle Anglia group, it is proposed that
most of the estate is redeveloped. The Stock Transfer cannot take place unless
the majority of tenants living on the Estate who vote, vote in its favour. If the
majority of tenants decide that they do not want the transfer to take place, then
this proposed redevelopment would not take place. (See FAQ Sheet No. 02 for
details of the ballot.)
Q2.When would the redevelopment start?
Assuming that tenants vote in favour of the Stock Transfer to Old Ford Housing
Association, and the Government approves the transfer, it is expected that
planning permission for the redevelopment would be applied for at the end of
2007, or early 2008. Assuming that planning approval is granted, redevelopment
could start later in 2008.
Q3.What would the redevelopment consist of?
The current proposals assume that the majority of the Estate would be
demolished and rebuilt. It is currently proposed that only 14-70 Queens Gardens
and 32-54 Lower Mardyke Avenue would be retained. These blocks would be
refurbished. All the other blocks would be demolished.
Q4. What new homes would be built?
Three types of homes would be built – properties for renting, properties for sale,
and what are known as ‘intermediate’ properties. The properties for renting
would be for existing Mardyke Estate tenants and new tenants. The properties
for sale would be sold to raise money to pay for the building of the properties for
rent and other community benefits. The intermediate properties would provide
affordable homes through schemes such as shared ownership, whereby you can
part buy, part rent a home (see FAQ No.09, Shared Ownership for more details).
Currently it is expected that all the new homes will be flats. This is because at
this stage we cannot be sure there would be enough space to replace the homes
in the towers and lower blocks with individual houses. If it proves possible to
provide some houses for rent, residents will be informed.
It is expected that there will 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties for rent. All these
flats would have a larger useable floor space than the existing flats with the
same number of bedrooms. It is not proposed that any bedsits will be built. It is
expected that the ground floor properties for rent will have private gardens, and
that the upper floor flats for rent will have private balconies.
There would also be public open space and car parking areas provided. It is
also expected that there will be some shops.
Q5. What would the redeveloped estate be like?
Assuming that tenants vote in favour of the Stock Transfer, the plans and design
for the redeveloped Estate will be produced later this year. These designs would
be developed in consultation with residents and would have to be submitted for
The plan for the layout of the new estate will depend on the size of the land
available for the redevelopment.
Redeveloping the Estate
The Council and Old Ford Housing Association propose that the new homes can
be built on the land that is currently occupied by the Mardyke Estate.
All the existing blocks (except for 14-70 Queens Gardens and 32-54 Lower
Mardyke Avenue) would be knocked down, and then new homes would be built
in their place. The blocks would not be demolished at the same time, but in
phases across a number of years.
Redeveloping the Estate across a wider area
If could be possible to redevelop the estate across a wider area. This could
allow more homes for rent to be built and could mean that some houses for rent
(rather than just flats) could be provided.
It may be possible to build on some of the land to the north of the estate, the land
which is known as the Mardyke Farm, however this would only be possible if
there is a major change to Havering Council’s planning policies. The Council
cannot make this change itself, it must be approved by others.
Currently the Mardyke Farm site is classed as part of the Green Belt. This
means that no-one is allowed to build homes on it. However the Council is
currently revising its planning policies in what is known as its Local Development
Framework or LDF. The LDF will set out the planning policies for the borough as
a whole, and for individual sites such as the Mardyke Farm.
The Council is currently proposing that some of the Mardyke Farm site is moved
out of the Green Belt, which could allow homes to be built on it (which would also
be subject to planning approval being granted).
It is proposed that homes would only be allowed to be built on half of the site,
while the other half of the site, in a strip running from the top to the bottom, would
have to be redeveloped into a park.
However this change to the Green Belt is not a decision that the Council can
make alone, the proposal must go through a process of consultation and be
considered by an independent inspector. This process will not be completed
until late 2007 at the earliest.
Even if these changes to the Council’s planning policies are approved, there are
other reasons why it may not be possible to rebuild the estate across the
extended area. For example, most of the Mardyke Farm site is in private
ownership, which means that the Council and Old Ford Housing Association
would have reach agreement with the owner of the site on the development of
Q6. How long would it take to complete the redevelopment?
The redevelopment proposals are at any early stage, but it is expected that
Mardyke residents would be rehoused on the new development within about 5
years of work starting. However, the complete redevelopment would take longer
than this to fully complete, the time would depend on the area of land that is
redeveloped. If only the area of the existing estate is redeveloped, it is expected
that the proposal would take about 7 years from start to finish, but if a wider area
is redeveloped it could take about 12 years from start to finish.
Where can I get more details about the proposals?
You can get more information from either of the following:
Old Ford Housing Association
Old Ford Housing Association, part of the Circle Anglia Group
Mardyke Housing Office, Chantry Way, Rainham RM13 8PX
Tel: 01708 521057
London Borough of Havering
Stock Options Project Team, L.B.Havering, Housing and Health, 2nd Floor,
Mercury House, Mercury Gardens, Romford RM1 3SL
Tel: 01708 434100, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This information sheet has been produced by the Council, where can I get
a second opinion on these matters?
Please contact the Independent Resident Advisor, FIRST Call for independent
advice on all aspects of the proposed Stock Transfer.
They can be phoned on Freephone 0500 291 999 or be contacted by email at
While it is intended that this information sheet is an accurate statement at the
time of printing, it does not represent a formal offer and it does not represent a
statement of the law. Residents should read the information that will be provided
in the formal Offer Document when it is released.
The following FAQ Sheets are being made available:
FAQ No.01 Stock Transfer
FAQ No.02 The Ballot
FAQ No.03 Tenancy Issues (not yet issued)
FAQ No.04 Leaseholder Issues (not yet issued)
FAQ No.05 Rents and Charges (not yet issued)
FAQ No.06 The Redevelopment
FAQ No.07 Lettings (not yet issued)
FAQ No.08 Property Refurbishment (not yet issued)
FAQ No.09 Shared Ownership (not yet issued)
FAQ No.10 Leaseholder Properties – Refurbishment (not yet issued)
FAQ No.11 Non-Resident Leaseholder Offer (not yet issued)
FAQ No.12 Resident Leaseholder Offer (not yet issued)
FAQ Sheets can be viewed on the Council’s website www.havering.gov.uk
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