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Campaigner slams Bodgers 42-storey flat plan saying Ilford is a ‘guinea pig to see how many high rises can be built’

PUBLISHED: 14:45 13 June 2018

The complex will hold 380 apartments. Picture: Polity

The complex will hold 380 apartments. Picture: Polity

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A plan for a 42-storey block on the former Bodgers site has been labelled as a “cynical ploy” to have smaller towers in Ilford.

Do you like the plans for the former Bodgers site? Picture: PolityDo you like the plans for the former Bodgers site? Picture: Polity

Meenakshi Sharma, petitioner against high-density dwellings in the Local Plan, suggests the proposals for the tower in Station Road has been drawn up, so that when it is reduced to a 30-storey building the public will more readily accept it.

“Ilford is a guinea pig and developers are trying to see how much high-density housing they can build in the town centre,” she said.

“The Bodgers plans are a way for us to accept a 30-storey building – it will come down from 42 and they think we will all be relived.”

Access Self Storage bought the land, along with another lot in the High Road and said it has been trying to invest in Ilford for a long time to increase its residential portfolio.

“Ilford is in real need of affordable housing,” said Jonathan Stevenson, head of development.

“This isn’t a build to sell scheme but a long-term hold.

“We want to build a high-quality building to rent out that will stand the test of time.

“It will be set back from where it is now and will improve the pedestrian experience – there will also be landscaping to make the area feel less hostile.

“There won’t be wind tunnel or overshadowing issues and we are working on this in the plans.”

Access Self Storage is liasing with Redbridge Council on the proposals and will apply for planning permission after a public two-day consultation.

It said as part of the project it will also pay £2million to the community infrastructure levy, which the local authority can spend on health and education for the area, and £1m to the Mayor of London.

Ms Sharma said this contribution is not a favour but mandatory to pass the plans and said the development is not coming from the heart but all about profit.

“The buildings in Ilford are becoming like little rabbit hutches – they are too dense,” she added.

“The prices are shooting up and we are getting less for more.”

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