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Application to demolish Bodgers and build 42-storey tower in Ilford submitted

PUBLISHED: 17:25 15 November 2018

The tower is aimed at professionals. Picture: Polity

The tower is aimed at professionals. Picture: Polity

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It’s official - a planning application to demolish the former Bodgers site has been received by Redbridge Council.

If approved it would be the highest building in Ilford. Picture: PolityIf approved it would be the highest building in Ilford. Picture: Polity

Access Self Storage Ltd has submitted plans to tear down the former shop and erect a 42-storey tower with 380 flats in Station Road, Ilford.

In the proposals, there will be retail space at the bottom of the tower, along with offices and “ancillary facilities”.

The storage company has also sent in plans to build a part 15, 10 and six-storey building on the former Ilford Recorder site in High Road, Ilford.

This development will have 144 residential units and flexible commercial floorspace with car parking.

Retail and office space would be located at the bottom of the tower.  Picture: PolityRetail and office space would be located at the bottom of the tower. Picture: Polity

Speaking to the Recorder previously, Jonathan Stevenson, head of development at Access Self Storage, said both projects are long-term investments.

“I hope they can really help Ilford,” he said.

“I say that hand on heart - we are not looking to develop them quickly and turn them around for profit, we will be here for a long time.

“We know there is a real need for housing in Ilford and we are really excited about the development.”

The Bodgers site will comprise of studio, one and two bedroom, privately rented apartments and is targeted at young professionals.

The Recorder site will be “100per cent affordable” and lends itself to family sized housing and play space.

“Across the two sites, 35pc affordable housing is provided and this exceeds what has been achieved in recent developments in Ilford,” he said.

Paul Scott, Redbridge residents and campaigner with Ilford Noise is againt the proposals.

He said: “The reason for my objections is that this development will erase heritage and cause excessive congestion and put a massive strain on local services.”

He has launched a petition opposing the demolision of the Bodgers building and added: “We the undersigned oppose any plans to demolish or alter this over 125 years old venue for housing as we believe that the retail and architectural heritage should be preserved at all costs.”

To sign visit: https://bit.ly/2A5gu27


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