Redbridge Jewish charity base could be demolished if school expands

A Jewish charity may have its headquarters demolished if plans to extend a school are given the go-ahead.

Jewish Care’s Redbridge Community Centre site in Woodford Bridge Road, based in Sinclair House, is under threat after Redbridge Council lodged a planning application which could see the building demolished to extend neighbouring Beal High School.

But the charity’s director of property Jeff Andrews said: “We understand the local authority wishes to extend Beal School and that the Jewish Care Redbridge Community Centre site offers them one option to enable their plans.

“A planning application has been submitted on this basis, but this application was not made as a result of an agreement reached with Jewish Care to either sell or move from our current site.”

The plans include demolishing Sinclair House, which is owned by Jewish Care, and in its place building a three-storey extension to allow an additional four forms of entry for the neighbouring school.

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This would include a new sports hall as well as car parking.

Mr Andrews said: “Jewish Care is exploring alternative locations for our Redbridge Jewish Community Centre and the local community is aware of this.”

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It is not yet known when a decision for the outline planning application will be made.

The building is used as a base for the charity to work on forming links and helping the elderly within the Jewish community.

Redbridge Council unveiled plans to increase school places last year in response to growing demand.

Last year the town hall agreed to spend �300,000 on a feasibility study to permanently expand Year 7 places at Beal High School in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, and Mayfield School, which is in Pedley Road, Goodmayes.

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