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Concerned residents ‘left in dark’ over Goodmayes hotel plan

PUBLISHED: 12:49 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 04 May 2016

The flats at the junction of High Road and Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Google Street View

The flats at the junction of High Road and Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Google Street View

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Concerns have been aired after plans were submitted to turn flats above a kebab shop into a 40-room hotel.

The proposals, which are being considered by Redbridge Council, could see the site at the junction of High Road and Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes, extended to the rear with two additional storeys, if they are approved.

Developer Countrywide Developments is proposing a change of use to a hotel and hopes to retain 15 residential units and commercial units on the ground floor.

One commercial unit would be lost to make way for a hotel foyer and the 15 flats would comprise seven one-bed and eight two-bed homes.

Sajida Kalam, who lives in the block and received a letter from developers, said residents felt they were left in the dark.

“We’re not sure what’s going on – people are concerned,” said the mum, who has lived in her flat for six years. “Everyone has kids in this block and we don’t like the idea of a hotel coming here – this is a family area.

“I’m not going to sit down and let it carry on.”

The planning document states that the hotel is acceptable “given the sustainable location within the Goodmayes Local Centre”.

It continues: “The proposed development will create a high quality development, a new hotel to support the Local Centre and create employment and retain residential accommodation.

“The proposal is considered acceptable with regards to the relevant policies of the Development Plan and should therefore be granted planning permission.”

Speaking about the plans, Goodmayes’ Cllr Kam Rai said it was “very early days”.

He added: “It’s important that the people living there are given good notice and are given help to help move. It’s important that it sits with the infrastructure too.”

Countrywide Developments declined to comment.


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