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Disused Newbury park synagogue could be bulldozed and turned into four-storey block of flats

PUBLISHED: 15:13 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 September 2018

The disused Newbury Park District Synagogue building may be knocked down to make way for a five-storey block of flats. Photo: Google

The disused Newbury Park District Synagogue building may be knocked down to make way for a five-storey block of flats. Photo: Google

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A disused synagogue in Newbury Park could be bulldozed and replaced with a four-storey block of flats if a planning application gets the green light.

A disused synagogue in Newbury Park could be bulldozed and replaced with a five-storey block of flats if a planning application gets the green light.

Redbridge Council’s planning committee is set to decide on Wednesday, September 5 on whether to grant an application to demolish the building of Newbury Park District Synagogue, in Wessex Close, to make way for five blocks containing a total of 35 flats.

One block will be four storeys, a second will be three storeys and the three remaining blocks with be two-and-a-half storeys each.

The proposals for the scheme - submitted by Fauji Properties Ltd - suggest it would be made from a combination of brickwork, painted render and glass curtain walling.

Documents state that full details “are expected to be submitted in response to planning conditions if planning application is granted”.

It is also claimed that site is presently “in a very poor state of repair” and that it “attracts vandals and drug users causing both criminal damage and anti-social behaviour”.

Three people have submitted representations in support of the the scheme, some making reference to the prevalence of alleged anti-social behaviour.

But twelve people have so far submitted objections to the proposals citing concerns over the height of the building and the impact on neighbour’s privacy and the character of the building in relation to surrounding properties.

And among these objections is a petition containing 17 signatures from residents on neighbouring Selwyn Avenue and Aldborough Road South.

Newbury Park District Synagogue was formed in 1968 in a disused London Transport canteen and moved to the site in Wessex Close in 1970.

The present building was constructed and consecrated in 1973 and closed in 2015 in a merger with Clayhall Synagogue to form Redbridge United Synagogue.

Planning agent Planning Insight submitted the proposals on behalf of developer Fauji Properties Ltd’s.

Planning Insight director Peter Higginbottom highlighted that a public exhibition was carried out and the scheme was subsequently amended in accordance with neighbours concerns around privacy and impact on daylight.

He added: “It is noted that there is still some level of objection but the developers, who are local lads who have grown up in the area, are proud of the proposed development which will be a valuable contribution to the area.

“It should also be noted that despite the councils viability consultant concluding that contributions towards affordable housing would make the scheme unviable, the developer has agreed to provide a financial contribution towards affordable housing in the borough.”

Speaking about the alhe allegations of ASB and drug use a Redbridge Council spokeswoman said that any residents experiencing anti-social behaviour should call our hotline on 0208 478 4679, 999 in an emergency or the 101 non-emergency police number.

Planning application 3768/17 can be viewed in full on the council’s planning portal.

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