Planning application submitted for more than 300 new homes in Ilford town centre where residents can ‘live, work and play’

PUBLISHED: 12:03 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 26 September 2017

A design for new homes in Ilford. Picture Aurora Real Estate

A design for new homes in Ilford. Picture Aurora Real Estate


Proposals have been submitted for more than 300 new homes in Ilford town centre.

Aurora Real Estate has submitted a planning application to Redbridge Council, which includes proposals for a workspace, restaurant and “co-living” apartments for rent in High Road.

The developers said the site will host an exciting array of new amenity space for the town and will be 26 storeys at the highest point.

“We are delighted to be submitting our proposals for new homes, offices and café in Ilford to residents,” an Aurora spokesman said.

“This development will bring a landmark building to the centre of Ilford and play an important role in bringing high quality design and architecture to the regeneration of the town centre.

“In addition, it will result in much needed new housing in the centre of town.”

But Neighbourhoods of Ilford South Engage (Noise) campaigns over the high number of new homes that are planned for Ilford South.

The group’s Meenakshi Sharma said: “There is such high density in the town centre when you look at the cumulative effect.

“My jaw dropped at the proposals for more than 300 new homes – are they living in a parallel world?”

The plans were publicly displayed at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, throughout June.

Since the exhibition, the project team has been working hard to incorporate views from local people and the council in preparing a final set of design proposals.

The development is planned to be car-free with no allocated parking spaces, to enourage residents to walk and cycle.

The facades on the north and south elevations comprise of concrete cladding with elements of light grey coloured bricks that reflects the character of the neighbouring buildings.

There will also be bronze coloured aluminium windows allowing plenty of daylight.

The real estate company says the development is something residents can be proud of and will provide a new social hub in the heart of Ilford where people can “live, work and play”.

The spokesman added: “Co-living and co-working will create new shared spaces for residents, businesses and the surrounding community, to collaborate and innovate.”

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