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Valentine pub, Gants Hill could be replaced with 10-storey of block of flats

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 July 2017

The former Valentine pub in Perth Road was a popular live music venue. Picture: Ken Mears

The former Valentine pub in Perth Road was a popular live music venue. Picture: Ken Mears

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An application to demolish the former Valentine pub and erect a building which is 10 floors tall at its highest point is being considered by Redbridge Council.

Tide Construction Limited wants to build 121 one bedroom flats, 26 two bedroom flats and a public café on Perth Road, Gants Hill.

There will be buildings of four and eight storeys and landscaped, parking, bins and cycle storage areas.

Resident Paul Scott, of Goodmayes, is urging the council to think hard about granting the development.

“It has been a public house since the 1930s and it should remain as a live music venue,” he said.

“I have seen the sheer amount of building they want to do and sticking a café on it will be no replacement for a pub.

“The Mayor of London has expressed his concern about the loss of pubs and the impact they have on the night time economy – I am encouraging as many people as possible to make objections to it.”

In the application, Tide Construction said there is significant need for intermediate affordable housing for first time buyers, singles and couples in London.

“Tide Construction is seeking to replicate the innovative form of affordable housing being provided by companies elsewhere in London.

“In these types of developments, homes are sold as discounted market sale and each one bedroom apartment in the scheme is designed specifically for single occupiers who want to own their home outright.

“A 20 per cent discount to the open market price for comparable flats in the same area is applied on the initial sales of all units.The units are sold to local people who either work or live in the borough in the first instance.”

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