Council leader hails ‘dream’ Sainsbury’s flats plan in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 11:49 23 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 23 July 2015
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 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.
“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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