Search

Planning: Havering Council defers decision on 36 new homes in Romford

16:50 19 November 2012

Cllr Barry Tebbutt: "I wouldn

Cllr Barry Tebbutt: "I wouldn't want to turn a lorry round there myself"

Archant

Havering’s planning committee delayed decision on 36 new homes in Romford because the proposal was “too fluffy”.

Plans were put forward to demolish a warehouse and office in Oldchurch Road, and build two blocks of flats and two semi-detached houses in their place. There would also be an underground car park.

But there was unease over a lack of space for refuse lorries to turn around within the site – and committee members feared this could lead to Oldchurch Road being blocked for buses and ambulances while bin collectors reversed up the entrance.

“I’ve got a class-one HGV so I have a reasonable idea how to reverse a lorry,” said Cllr Barry Tebbutt (Conservative, Brooklands). “The report is too fluffy about access and egress. I wouldn’t want to turn a lorry round there myself.”

Cllr Ron Ower (Residents’ Association, Upminster) added: “My concern is refuse lorries would be blocking the road for blue-light ambulances.”

Cllr Paul McGeary (Labour, Heaton) also expressed concern about the low level of affordable housing in the development – three homes, compared with the proposal for 13 affordable homes put forward in a previous version of the plans.

That version had seen approval withdrawn after the applicant failed to complete a section 106 agreement – a plan for investment and additional building in the surrounding area to mitigate the effects of the development.

The previous version had also contained more three-bed flats, whereas the current plans were mainly for one- and two-bed homes.

Cllr David Durant (Independent Residents’ Group, Rainham and Wennington) said: “Over the years there have been too many one-bedroom flats built and I wonder if we are creating a ghetto in the interests of meeting planning targets.”

A motion to defer decision so planners could address the concerns was passed by nine votes to two. The developer will also be asked to confirm details of lighting and CCTV cameras in the underground car park.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

29 minutes ago
Bedfords Park lake, where armed police patrolled on Monday

A shooting in Noak Hill is being investigated by top detectives from the Met’s gang crime unit.

07:00
Fixed-odds betting terminals are coming under fire. Picture: Press Association

The amount of money lost by gamblers on machines likened to “crack cocaine” because of their addictive nature has reduced.

Yesterday, 15:39
Gary and Sarah Woehrle with singer Gary Barlow, centre. Picture: John Murray/PNJPhotography

For many, getting married is about declaring your love and sharing an emotional experience.

Yesterday, 14:17
Flames could be seen above the building. Picture: David Stainer

A huge fire that ripped through a maisonette and forced residents to flee their homes was caused by a cannabis factory, detectives believe.

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

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Digital Edition

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


Our trusted business finder