Beam Park: Developer L&Q is sorry for continuing to promote the station


Posted:
19:00 23 December 2021



A developer has apologized after advertisements for a new station in Beam Park, Rainham remained online for months after it emerged that it had never been approved.

The hoarding emblazoned with the logos of two developers, Countryside Properties and L&Q, remained in place at New Road last week, touting a “new station and direct transport links”.


Hoarding, which features the brand of L&Q and Countryside Properties, increased in summer and announced “a new station”
– Credit: Google Streetview

But in September, it emerged that the Department of Transportation (DfT) had said it had never approved the station and was refusing to do so unless town hall agreed to fund the associated financial losses in perpetuity.

Yet as buyers prepared a lawsuit for the early non-delivery of what they said was the domain’s main selling point, the site’s boards continued to suggest the station was coming.

Cleo Caldicott, one of the buyers, said: “I am absolutely appalled that the development continued to falsely announce that a station was coming despite knowing that there was no more approval for its construction. “


A sign announcing a new station in Beam Park, Rainham

The hoarding remained in place in New Road, Rainham, through mid-December – months after it emerged the station’s future was uncertain
– Credit: Graham Williamson

A spokesperson for L&Q said, “We apologize for any confusion caused by the hoarding, and we will update this as soon as possible.

“We would never knowingly sell homes to residents based on incorrect information, and potential customers are always advised that the station is being offered.”

A Countryside spokesperson said he had nothing to add to L&Q’s statement.

Cllr Graham Williamson (South Hornchurch, Independent Residents’ Group) said that while the advice shouldn’t have been left in place, he sympathizes with the developers.

“The real victims in all of this are the buyers, of course, but the developers are also the victims,” he said.

“They got a building permit from the council and the GLA, based on a station that had not been signed.”


Havering Advisor Graham Williamson

Graham Williamson said the developers were victims, having been granted permission to build houses around a train station that was never approved by the government
– Credit: Graham Williamson

Havering Council said its planning decisions were based on the GLA’s London plan, which included the station.

The GLA offered to cover ten years of financial losses and said it was continuing negotiations with the DfT.

L&Q said the station remains “one of the key elements in the regeneration of Beam Park”.

“Together with our partners, we remain fully committed to implementing it,” said a spokesperson. “We continue to speak with the DfT, alongside a series of other organizations with an interest in the project, to find a way forward.”

To learn more, read:

Beam Park: “We were sold a dream that is not going to come true”

Government “never supported Beam Park station”, minister says

Plans for nearly 900 housing units around Ice Beam Park


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