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Concerns over plan for thousands of homes in Ilford South ‘not being taken seriously’

PUBLISHED: 13:22 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2017

Planning Inspector David Smith took residents' representations against Redbridge Council's Local Plan at a series of hearings at the City Gates Pavilion in Clements Road, Ilford. Photo: Matt Clemenson

Planning Inspector David Smith took residents' representations against Redbridge Council's Local Plan at a series of hearings at the City Gates Pavilion in Clements Road, Ilford. Photo: Matt Clemenson

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Ilford South residents rallied together to fight the “13,000 housing units” allocated to parts of Redbridge in the Local Plan.

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In a packed meeting at Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, Neighbourhoods of Ilford South Engage (Noise) gave voice to campaigners and residents, angered and shocked by the thousands of units being earmarked for Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Gants Hill, Newbury Park and Chadwell Heath.

Noise said the plan is the single most important document that Redbridge Council produces as it provides the blueprint for how new homes are assigned, details how finance for infrastructure such as schools and health facilities are allocated and outlines policies for how the borough is to be administered for the next 15 years.

The council has made some modifications to the plan, which will be the subject of a public consultation in the near future, before going to a final vote at a full council meeting

Meenakshi Sharma, who attended part of the planning inspector’s hearings in June and July into the Local Plan along with other members of Noise, said: “The modifications have made things even worse in many ways.

“For instance, the number of housing units has been reduced in other parts of the borough but increased in Ilford South.”

Janet Knight, 42, of Ilford, said Noise and residents will continue to fight against the number of new homes earmarked for Ilford South.

“It doesn’t seem like the council or the inspector has taken Ilford South’s concerns seriously,” she said.

“If the councillors don’t back us, we will have to take it to the courts.”

A council spokesman said the Local Plan will be finalised in “winter 2017”.

“The Redbridge Local Plan hearing sessions concluded on July 20 but the examination remains open until the inspector submits his report to the council,” he told the Recorder.

“Throughout the examination process, the council has maintained a schedule of modifications that it proposes to make.

“These modifications will be consulted upon providing residents with the opportunity to comment on any implications arising from them.

“The inspector will need to consider the consultation responses before finalising his report”


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