Newbury Park hostel which met with mixed reaction set to go ahead
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 September 2014
A proposed hostel which provoked a mixed reaction from members of the public is set to go ahead.
Redbridge Council has been awarded planning permission to turn an office block in Perth Terrace, Newbury Park, into accommodation for those in need, predominantly families.
There will be 23 rooms in the building, accommodating up to a maximum of 122 people, as well as shared kitchens and bathrooms.
A number of residents living in and near Perth Terrace campaigned against the proposal, collecting more than 60 signatures on a petition. Among concerns were possible noise and disruption and how many people would be assigned to a room.
However, Ron Jeffries, 81, of Spearpoint Gardens, Aldborough Hatch, said: “I am very pleased to hear that planning permission has been granted. My experience from living opposite Abury House, a hostel in Aldborough Road North, is that the residents of Perth Terrace have nothing to worry about.
“The management by the Redbridge housing department is first class and security conscious. There have been no problems at all.”
The Recorder reported last month on the housing crisis facing the borough and revealed that almost 8,000 people are waiting for a home.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said work will start in November or December and it is hoped it will open in May or June.
Three similar hostels operate in the borough. Hyleford Hostel opened in 2011, Bathurst Hostel in 2012 and Abury House in 2013.
The spokesman said: “The hostels work with other service areas to support the families during and after their stay, where appropriate.”
The residents who opposed the Perth Terrace planning application declined to speak to the Recorder.
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