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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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4 comments

  • This development will 100% get the go ahead.It's all to do with pound notes. Would the Council rather have 1 pub paying Council tax or 121 flats. The numbers are clear. A shame, pubs are becoming very scarce in London.

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    Daniel Coleman

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

  • This development will 100% get the go ahead. All to do with pound notes, would the Council rather have 1 pub paying Council tax or 121 flats. The numbers are clear. A shame that pubs are becoming very scarce in London.

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    Daniel Coleman

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

  • The last thing Ilford needs is more residents being crammed in. It's overcrowded, noisy and the slightest traffic accident anywhere near it brings it to a grinding halt. Doctors' surgeries have no appointments for five weeks and parking is a nightmare. We need more space and facilities for the people already here, not less!

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    nev

    Friday, July 14, 2017

  • I've never understood how the term owned can be used in connection with a flat unless you own the whole block which is part of the reason I would never BUY a flat to live in. A house where i can't alter it or could have noisy individuals on all sides of my walls floors and ceilings does not appeal. And there again we have that buzz word "affordable" possibly but to who. Probably not the existing people within the Borough who have the need. As if the scaffold towers occupants haven't had enough grief, they now have the possibilty of their southward view being obstructed probably bringing the value of their properties down.

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    resident

    Friday, July 14, 2017

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