Celebrations as Barkingside charity amends housing estate plan

Pensioners have claimed �victory after a children’s charity amended plans for a 142-home housing estate �opposite their Barkingside retirement �village.

Copperfield Court Residents’ Association voiced their concerns two months ago to the Recorder over the development at its headquarters, near Civic Way, which Barnardo’s had been planning since 1997.

Following a meeting �between the charity, Ilford North MP Lee Scott, Cllr �Vanessa Cole and managers for the retirement village Anchor Trust on Monday, an agreement was made with the pensioners.

The amended plans include turning the new housing �estate, which the charity plans to sell on the open market, so it does not face the pensioners, reducing the height of the homes and changing a footpath, so it does not link the estate with the retirement village.

Residents’ association chairwoman Hilda Berkoff said: “We are very grateful to MP Lee Scott and Cllr Vanessa Cole for giving us their time and support, with their help, things have moved on very quickly.”.

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A Barnardo’s spokeswoman said: “We are pleased that the ongoing dialogue with �local politicians and residents has led to what should be a positive outcome for all parties.

“Barnardo’s has listened and acted on residents’ �concerns to resolve all outstanding issues and we now look forward to moving ahead with the amended plans for the development as a whole.”

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The charity has promised to continue to work with the residents and others �involved.

The new plans will be put before Redbridge’s regulatory committee on August 25.

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