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Society ‘disgust’ at Wanstead ‘mall’ plan

PUBLISHED: 14:15 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:15 03 July 2015

The site in High Street, Wanstead. Picture: Google Street View

The site in High Street, Wanstead. Picture: Google Street View

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A residents’ group has branded plans to build flats and a shopping arcade “disgusting”.

Resubmitted proposals to demolish buildings and erect two new buildings at the site of J Jolliffe Ltd, High Street, Wanstead, are to be looked at by the planning inspectorate once more, after an appeal was rejected last year.

Developers Mammoth Texryte Limited, Selwyn Avenue, Newbury Park, want to build a four-storey building housing shops, offices and five flats and a three-storey building with more offices and five more flats.

Geoff Horsnell of The Wanstead Society said: “The feeling at the moment is one of disgust – it’s going to stand out like a sore thumb.

“The High Street is a conservation area and any plans have to promote the existing decoration and styles and this does not.”

The last inspector raised concerns about the project’s size.

Mr Horsnell said: “We’re hoping the inspector will take note of the previous report. It’s still just too big and it will cause more problems than it will solve.”

The group has also raised concerns about parking.

“Obviously we’re short of housing but in this case there’s no provision for any parking and you can’t restrict anyone from purchasing a property because they have a car,” said Mr Horsnell.

“Cars have to be parked somewhere and it will put pressure on the surrounding streets.”

The developers say the new plans have been scaled down.

Commenting on last year’s rejection, the proposal states: “It was exceptionally clear from the inspector’s comments that there was no issue with a redevelopment of this site for a building of a substantially larger size than the existing building on the site.

“Hence an application is being made for a mixed development on a similar basis to the original application, but which removes the larger element to the front of the site.”

The developers have been contacted for a response.


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