Search

Decision on Ilford shopping centre flats plan tonight

PUBLISHED: 17:51 25 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 May 2016

An artists impression of outside the Exchange Shopping Centre car par, after the 200 flat development is completed. Picture: Meyer Bergman

An artists impression of outside the Exchange Shopping Centre car par, after the 200 flat development is completed. Picture: Meyer Bergman

Meyer Bergman

Councillors will tonight decide whether to green light proposals to build three tower blocks above the Exchange Shopping Centre’s car park.

The Regulatory Committee will hear from real estate investors Meyer Bergman, who want develop 214 flats on top of the building in High Road, Ilford.

Public papers show they want to build a seven storey, 11 storey and 26 storey tower above the car park, with additional retail space.

Of the 214 units, 30 per cent will be designated affordable, an increase from the 7pc figure which was initially proposed.

Housing campaigner John Clifton told the Recorder this was “great news”.

Mr Clifton, who runs Ilford’s Salvation Army, continued: “It’s a big statement from the council about what sort of developments we want in the borough.”

Redbridge Council’s Fairness Commission had stated large projects would have to provide around 30pc affordable housing, otherwise they would not be granted planning permission.

Critics had suggested this high target may cause developers to “abandon Ilford”.

Mr Clifton continued: “Congratulations to the council for sticking with what they agreed in the Fairness Commission.”

But not all residents back the plans, the committee received 22 individual objections and petition with 334 signatures.

It calls on councillors to reject the proposals as “high rise buildings all around the town centre has ruined the beauty of the town centre”.

The petition adds: “Such over development and high concentration of people in one area would almost certainly put a strain on the already overcrowded local schools, nurseries and ... GP surgeries.”

See our website tomorrow for the result.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder