A proposal to build 72 homes on the site of a Romford car dealership has been turned down, in part due to its lack of affordable housing. 

Applicant London Square Developments hoped to build three blocks of flats - one of four storeys and the other two of five storeys - on the site of the Vauxhall dealership in London Road, . 

According to the submission, these were to include 25 one-bedroom flats, 39 two-bedroom flats, and eight three-bedroom flats, with 30 car parking spaces provided. 

However, council officers rejected the proposal, with its potential impact on the area’s character and available light for neighbouring properties among the reasons given. 

The failure to outline any provision for affordable housing “to address the borough’s identified need for such housing”, and the absence of a legal agreement to secure contributions towards carbon reduction, employment skills and training and other initiatives, were also referenced. 

London Square Developments was approached for comment. 

View the application on Havering Council's planning portal using the reference P0705.22. 

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