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Six hundred homes set to be built on Romford’s old ice rink

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 February 2018

Romford Ice Rink on Rom Valley Way beind demolished by workers. The former ice rink is now set to be turned into620 homes.

Romford Ice Rink on Rom Valley Way beind demolished by workers. The former ice rink is now set to be turned into620 homes.

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Planning permission is set to be granted to build 620 homes on the former Romford Ice Rink.

Romford Ice Rink closed its doors in April 2013, and the site is now set to be turned into 620 homes. Romford Ice Rink closed its doors in April 2013, and the site is now set to be turned into 620 homes.

The ice rink in Rom Valley Way closed in 2013, and could now be converted into nine apartment blocks.

The proposal by Affinity Global - a real estate investment and development group based in Mayfair - is to build blocks of houses between four to eight storeys high, with two residents’ gyms, ground floors shops, cycle parking and 250 car parking spaces.

The application was submitted in August last year, and was recommended for approval at the regulatory services committee meeting last night (Thursday, February 22).

Borough council planning officers say that the development would “protect the natural and built environment” and “improve the visual character” of the area.

Romford Ice Rink closed its doors in April 2013, and the site is now set to be turned into 620 homes. Romford Ice Rink closed its doors in April 2013, and the site is now set to be turned into 620 homes.

The land was originally bought by supermarket giants Morrisons, but after a land swap deal with Havering Council in April 2017, it was sold to Affinity Global.

The deal led to the building of Romford’s new £25m leisure centre in Western Road.

The council received 19 letters of objection to the application, with residents concerned about crime and disturbance, not enough car parking and a loss of light.

If approved, developers would contribute more than £3.8m to education costs, and at least £530,000 to highways.

Developers will spend £350,000 on two controlled crossings - one will cross over Oldchurch Road (west) to improve access to the route along the western side of Waterloo Road, and another crossing will cross over Oldchurch Road (east) to improve access between the site and South Street.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell told the Recorder that it is inevitable that flats will be built in areas like this, but it is important that they are “good quality homes for local people.”

He said: “They have to be good quality developments that will be in keeping with the town.

“No-one wants lots of flats being built, but we need more homes for local people.

“We have to make sure that it is the best possible option for the land, and it is important that any concerns of residents are addressed.”

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