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Planning application to build homes on Elm Park car park refused

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 February 2018

The Hornchurch Residents' Association celebrating a planning application to build homes on a car park site being refused. Picture: Councillor Stephanie Nunn

The Hornchurch Residents' Association celebrating a planning application to build homes on a car park site being refused. Picture: Councillor Stephanie Nunn

Councillor Stephanie Nunn

A residents’ association is relieved after a fight to save a car park from being turned into a “mini-housing estate”, has been rejected once again.

A planning application to build three three-storey two-bedroom terraced houses and five one-two bedroom flats on the St Nicholas Avenue West car park site in Northwood Avenue, Elm Park, has been refused by Havering Council.

Hornchurch Residents’ Association member Councillor Stephanie Nunn said: “I knew it would mean the death of the high street, not just in my opinion, but this was also the view of the many shopkeepers and businesses I spoke to before making the decision to oppose the plan.

“I am greatly relieved for our town centre, our businesses, residents and the future of Elm Park.

“Our town centre is vibrant, and many areas would wish to emulate our success as currently there are only two empty shops.”

The application to build on the car park which is leased by the local authority, was put forward by Row Properties Investments LLP last year and refused last week.

But this is not the first time the company has requested to build on the land.

A similar proposal was also submitted in 2015, when the company requested to build nine new dwellings - five two-bedroom town houses, two two-bedroom flats and two one-bedroom flats - on the same land, which was refused as well.

Cllr Stephanie Nunn hopes that this will be the last time that the idea will be put forward for the sake of the community.

She said: “I was completely horrified when I saw the application was submitted again, but determined to stop it.

“I understand that we need to build more houses but this cannot be at the expense of the people who already live in Elm Park.

“If we start removing positive aspects of the area - like good parking - people will not want to move here anyway.”

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