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Hainault pub-turned-builder's merchants to be demolished for seven-storey block if application gets green light

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 29 August 2018

There is a planning application to demolish the former Hyneholt pub and replace with a seven-storey block of flats.

There is a planning application to demolish the former Hyneholt pub and replace with a seven-storey block of flats.

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A former Hainault pub-turned-builder's merchants may be reduced to rubble and replaced with a seven-storey apartment complex if a planning application gets the green light.

Consultancy firm DP9 submitted an application to demolish 104 Manford Way, in Hainault, and replace it with a complex of 105 flats and commercial floor space on July 7 this year.

The development is also listed on the website of housing developer GS8.

The building is set to consist of 69 one-bedroom flats, 18 two-bedroom flats, 14 three-bedroom flats and four four-bedroom flats with commercial and community floor space, a courtyard, car parking and cycle storage.

The existing building was once the Alfred’s Head pub and later became the Hyneholt pub before permanently closing.

Five objections have so far been submitted against the application citing concerns over its height and building materials in relation to character of the surrounding area.

At the time of writing, 73 per cent of 190 readers polled by the Recorder voted that they would not like to see the former pub building may way for the block of flats.

Ben Spencer, who grew up in Hainault, is GS8’s director.

He said: “Following extensive public consultation, we have brought forward a proposal for a new iconic building that will transform an underutilised brownfield site to deliver long lasting benefits for Hainault.”

He added that a dance school-run studio space, a business centre and bursary scheme for start-ups, among other initiatives, have been included in the proposals following public consultation.

He highlighted that all homes with qualify for the government’s Help to Buy scheme and will include three and four bed homes available for social rent.

He added: “As part of our company-wide Regener8tion campaign, aimed at tackling and preventing homelessness in the areas we develop, we have partnered up with Redbridge Together on 104 Manford Way to help fund and deliver their Project Malachi, which we are excited to be a part of.”

A council spokeswoman said the application is expected to be determined by a the planning committee later in the year, taking into account public representations.

She added: “The developer held a public workshop in March 2018 which a total of 86 residents attended, most of whom had positive reactions to the proposals.”

The full application (2694/18) can be viewed through the council’s planning portal.

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