Search

Garage in Gidea Park can’t be converted into house after 118 residents oppose idea

18:30 04 February 2013

Cllr Lynden Thorpe spoke against the Gidea Park house plan

Cllr Lynden Thorpe spoke against the Gidea Park house plan

Archant

A garage can’t be turned into a house, after it was narrowly refused planning permission.

Havering Council’s regulatory services committee heard on Thursday of last week that 118 Gidea Park residents had signed a petition against the plans.

The new home was planned in an area behind the A127 Southend Arterial Road, roughly opposite the Renault Garage.

Resident Judith Holt, told the committee: “There’s no room for visitor parking, most of the parking places are private to residents of Ferguson Court.”

She said that there had been traffic problems and “several near misses” of children from cars in the area already.

A spokesman for the applicant said that cars drive into the garage at the moment so there would not be an increase in traffic issues.

Squirrels Heath ward councillor Lynden Thorpe also spoke against the plan, outlining a number of concerns including that emergency services wouldn’t be able to access the area in the event of a fire.

Cllr Barry Tebbutt (Conservative, Brooklands) pointed out that the committee had previously approved similar applications based as long as adequate sprinkler systems were installed.

Meanwhile, Cllr Steven Kelly (Conservative, Emerson Park), sitting as a substitute member on the committee, said that he thought the plan met all the necessary requirements.

The committee rejected the proposal by six votes to five, on the basis that the site was an overbearing development and there was limited access for the emergency services.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:07
David Efemena, 14, of Elm Park, died while on a cadet camping trip in Hampshire.

An inquest into the death of a 14-year-old at a military base heard of the frustration felt by a more senior air cadet as he struggled to contact group leaders.

Yesterday, 16:55
Margaret Clifton with smashed door frame

A trustee says she “burst into tears” when she saw the church had been broken into just hours after a burglary at another place of worship .

Yesterday, 15:49
Safer Transport Team Fun Day at Romford Market.Yusaf Butt, four on a police motorbike

Youngsters dressed up and sat in emergency vehicles while learning about transport safety this week.

Yesterday, 13:04
The stabbing happened on August 10 in Recreation Avenue, Romford

An 18-year-old has been charged over a stabbing that took place in Romford.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder