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‘Parking chaos’ fears over Wanstead flats plan

PUBLISHED: 17:13 13 October 2016

The modernist flats in Malcolm Way, Wanstead. Developers want to build an extra flat on each of the blocks. Photograph: Google

The modernist flats in Malcolm Way, Wanstead. Developers want to build an extra flat on each of the blocks. Photograph: Google

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Residents have reacted in anger at proposals to build new homes above six blocks of modernist flats situated in the heart of a conservation area.

Architecture firm Brooks Murray has submitted plans to develop 20 new flats in Malcolm Way, Wanstead, but neighbours say it will cause parking chaos and the flats are out of character.

“Vehicles parked on yellow lines and pavements are a routine and daily occurrence,” wrote Liam Smith and Valeria Arseni, of Malcolm Way.

“These plans have clearly taken no account of the character and atmosphere of the immediate local area or the feelings, opinions or wellbeing of existing residents,” the pair continued.

“The only beneficiary of approving these plans would be the developer to the detriment of local people.”

Jeff Windish, also of Malcolm Way, said: “The local residents would find it very difficult to cope with the chaos – there is a lack of parking spaces.”

Brooks Murray has not included any additional parking spaces, and it is unclear whether any of the homes would be affordable.

Almost 80 people have signed a petition objecting to the development.

In August Redbridge Council rejected a similar application from the architects on the grounds that not enough affordable housing was provided.

Cllr Sue Nolan (Con, Snaresbrook) told the Recorder: “Extra cars going down there will create chaos.

“We do need housing, but the question is, is this the right housing?”

Brooks Murray was unavailable for comment.


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