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 Romford News Stories

16:23
Snaresbrook Crown Court Pic: John Stillwell/PA

A business owner in Collier Row has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of laundering cash totalling £166,000.

Cllr Alex Donald

An openly-gay councillor has set up Havering’s first LGBT forum to provide support and a place to meet.

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) visited The Campion School to screen pupil's hearts for possible undetected defects. Tony Hill, family screening manager, Peter Patterson and Dr Rajay Narain

A father who lost his son to an undiagnosed heart condition returned to a school, last week, with free heart screening treatment.

12:37
Havering's London Assembly member Keith Prince at Gallows Corner

London’s new mayor has said he will visit Gallows Corner to see traffic problems for himself.

12:30
PC Craig Emmery helped out a RTC last week while off duty

An off-duty special constable has recalled the “surreal” moments he rushed to the aid of injured car drivers.

Community Gardener Jesse Lock buliding a version of Rainham Hall for insects to use with local children and National Trust worker Brian Morrell

A wildlife expert has come up with a novel way to attract creepy crawlies to the garden of a historic hall – he’s built a bug hotel.

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, who was stabbed to death in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A friend of Charlie Kutyauripo’s told the Old Bailey that he was stabbed to death due to an argument over a tracksuit.

Yesterday, 16:51
The planned map for the full night-tube service, with the central and Victoria lines due to open on August 19

It has been confirmed this week that Transport for London’s first all-night tube services will begin on August 19.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

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

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe