‘Unsightly’ flat plans come under fire after being resubmitted

Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green.

Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green. - Credit: Archant

Staunch opposition has been voiced after plans to build new flats in Woodford Green were resubmitted months after being withdrawn.

Developers Palmhurst want to build a four-storey block of five one-bedroom flats in the car park behind 630 High Road, a block of 14 apartments.

The proposals were initially put in to Redbridge Council in January but were withdrawn two months later over concerns from planning officers over parking, bins and emergency access.

The application said the new proposals were “in direct response” to officers’ concerns, which had been addresssed.

But residents have hit out at the plans which they claim will have a “serious impact” on the area.

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Liz Langrish-Smith, of The Glade, said the development “would be unsightly, causing parking and traffic problems in an already congested area and ruin what is a very attractive area”.

And Dr and Mrs Ikpehare Ayodele Ahonkhai, who live in the High Road, said they had already suffered “noise, loud music and even police raids” at the neighbouring apartment block, and feared more flats would lead to further antisocial behaviour.

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Chingford and Woodford MP Iain Duncan Smith has also written to Redbridge Council urging it to reject the plans.

”There are already parking problems on these roads and this development will only exacerbate those,” he wrote.

Mr Duncan Smith also warned the development would “dominate” the area and warned of privacy concerns for residnets in Burlington Place, the High Road and the Glade.

Consultation over the plans closes on Tuesday (October 14).

To have your say visit redbridge.gov.uk.

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