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Council leader hails ‘dream’ Sainsbury’s flats plan in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 11:49 23 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 23 July 2015

An artist's impression of the Sainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Hill. Picture: Sainsbury's

An artist's impression of the Sainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Hill. Picture: Sainsbury's

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The council leader has called plans to transform the heart of Ilford town centre “game-changing” after they were unveiled by a supermarket.

Sainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Station. Picture: JBPSainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Station. Picture: JBP

Sainsbury’s has revealed what the 700-home development in Roden Street – located within Ilford’s housing zone – might look like if the council approves the plans.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal welcomed the development.

He said: “I think with the quality of the Sainsbury’s brand and the quality of the developments they have already worked on – I have seen them myself and I was stunned – I would like to have that quality in the heart of Redbridge, and that right next to a Crossrail station.

“This is the kind of kickstart and game changer we need in Ilford.

Sainsbury's development in Ilford. Picture: JBPSainsbury's development in Ilford. Picture: JBP

“It’s the kind of regeneration that previous politicians could only have dreamed about.”

Addressing concerns about services coping with the flats’ new occupants, he said: “These families are already here – in overcrowded homes.”

Readers on social media have also been having their say on the plans.

On Facebook, Umm Hafsa said: “Traffic will be even more horrendous. But there is a need for more housing.”

Kimberley Henwood said: “I agree the borough needs more housing, but the infrastructure isn’t here. Doctors, dentists, schools can’t cope with the population as it is.”

Danny O’Brien Bca said: “Would it be for locals and affordable or sold to those who have loads of money?”

On Twitter, @Welshbeard said: “Crikey, that looks massive.”

@John_J_C_Moss said: “More hideous tower blocks.”

@imran046726 said: “North Ilford nimbys will hate it, like every other development. South Ilford folk needing somewhere to live will love it.”


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