Plans for 70 homes at Ley Street car showroom recommended for refusal

The site in Ley Street, Newbury Park. Picture: Google

The site in Ley Street, Newbury Park. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

Plans to build 70 homes on the site of a car show room will go before councillors next week after residents objected.

Developers Ley Properties want to demolish the show room and MOT workshops at 480-482 Ley Street, Newbury Park, and replace them with flats, houses and a residents’ gym.

But planning officers have recommended that councillors reject the plans over a lack of affordable housing provision.

The plans include 27 one-bed and 38 two-bed flats in a three, four and six-storey block, three three-bed and two four-bed houses, and underground parking.

Supermarket chain Lidl had planned to build a store and six flats at the site, but the plans were refused by Redbridge Council which saw them as a “significant under development”.

The report due to go before members of the regulatory committee on Monday said the plans would provide “good quality housing”.

But it said the developers’ affordable housing offer of £463,000 was too low and did not meet the borough’s needs.

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“While the proposal would provide much needed housing within the borough, the provision of additional housing must be considered in the balance with other material considerations such as the level of affordable housing to be provided,” he said.

“It is the council’s opinion that for the reason above the proposal conflicts with the provisions of the Council’s Local Development Framework, London Plan and National policies, and is therefore not supported by the Officers and it is recommended that planning permission be refused.”

The report also stated 22 objections had been received.