Scheme for at least 680 new homes on Ilford Sainsbury’s approved by cabinet minister Sajid Javid
PUBLISHED: 16:50 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:18 16 March 2018
More than 680 new homes are set to be built above Sainsbury’s in Ilford town centre after gaining government approval.
A scheme to create at least 680 homes around and on top of the superstore in Roden Street was rubber stamped by Sajid Javid, secretary of state for communities and local government, this week.
In July 2016, Redbridge council’s planning committee rejected the proposals citing that the amount of affordable housing planned was too low (4pc).
But in October 2017, the council withdrew its opposition after negotiating a “community money” agreement.
The agreement requires that the value of the development is reviewed over the course of its build and that 60 per cent of surplus profits go to the council to pay for up to 50pc affordable housing on-site and elsewhere in the borough.
“By making this agreement with Sainsbury’s we will now be able to share in the benefits of growth to deliver much needed affordable housing for our residents both on this site and across the borough,” said cllr Helen Coomb, cabinet member for regeneration, property and planning.
“With Crossrail on its way and the wider development of the town centre we believe property prices in Ilford will increase.
“Taking the approach we did was the best way to get agreement on the amount of affordable housing for the longer term from this major regeneration project.”
However, leader of Redbridge’s Conservative group Cllr Paul Canal argued the administration’s approach has cost the borough £2million.
“In Spring 2016 they told the developers in writing that they would support the proposal in planning committee,” he said.
“They then changed their mind at the eleventh hour and we are paying the price for their posturing.”
“They have flip-flopped on this issue and damaged the borough’s reputation in the eyes of developers.”
He added: “If we build new homes, we get the New Homes Bonus, which means we get to keep the council tax on those properties.”
Affordable rented housing is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80pc of the local market rent including service changes.
For more details on the council’s “community money” agreement: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/news/october/development-at-sainsburys-site-ilford/
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