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Sainsbury’s unveil plans for 700-home Ilford development

PUBLISHED: 15:55 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 July 2015

An artist's impression of the Sainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Hill. Picture: Sainsbury's

An artist's impression of the Sainsbury's development in Ilford - view south from Ilford Hill. Picture: Sainsbury's

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A supermarket giant has unveiled plans to build hundreds of homes in Ilford’s housing zone.

The Sainsbury’s site in Roden Street could be home to up to 700 flats if the proposals are given the go-ahead.

A 29 storey block and another – half that size – will accompany “house-style” flats on the 4.8 acre brownfield plot according to the plans, which are due to be submitted in October.

The development also includes a revamped Sainsbury’s store – “double the size” of the existing one – and spaces for offices, shops and cafés.

David Mills, head of property communications at Sainsbury’s, said: “This is a game-changing site for the redevelopment of Ilford.”

“We hope that if put into action, the proposals for our store will kick start Ilford’s regeneration by driving growth and job creation, in line with the imminent arrival of Crossrail.”

The supermarket hopes to create 200 jobs across the development.

A company spokesman said that the chain is working with Redbridge Council to determine how many of the one, two and three bedroom homes would be set aside as affordable.

Homelessness charity Single Homeless Project (SHP), Cranbrook Road, Ilford, raised concerns about how affordable the homes would be.

East London team manager Michael Corbishley said: “At the moment there is a severe shortage of affordable housing in the borough and it is welcome news to have new housing built but it needs to meet the needs of local residents.

“What is normally classified as affordable housing charges up to 80 per cent of market rent, in Redbridge this is normally about £1,000 per month, which places most affordable housing as too expensive for those we support.

“What would be good to see is a housing proposal where a significant percentage of the housing built was classified as social housing with subsidised rents and local support. This would make a huge difference to the people we support.”

Redbridge Council Leader Cllr Jas Athwal told the Recorder earlier this month that the designated housing zone announced by the Mayor of London would attract £500million of investment and described it as the “biggest thing to happen to Ilford” in decades.


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