Decision on Ilford shopping centre flats plan tonight
PUBLISHED: 17:51 25 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 May 2016
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.
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.
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.
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