Application submitted to build new homes and businesses on site of Romford’s newly-opened Smokey’s Shack
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2018
Plans to redevelop the home of a number of businesses, including a family restaurant which opened last month, into homes, and potentially other shops, restaurants and cafes, have been submitted.
A planning application to transform the land in South Street, Romford, where former Towie hotspot The Brickyard used to occupy - now Smokey’s Shack - was given to Havering Council at the beginning of the year and was validated on March 8.
The development will comprise of 81 residential units, made up of 28 one-bedroom units, 33 two-bedroom units, 19 three-bedroom units and one five-bedroom unit.
There will also be 420sq metre of commercial space on the ground floor made up of a mixture of shops, financial and professional services and restaurants and cafes, according to the planning application.
Designs for the potential development have been created by Romford-based Form Architecture.
In the planning statement, it says: “The immediate change to architectural style and built form around the site presents a challenge in creating a new development that responds to both low and high rise buildings.
“However, there is an opportunity to present the site as a focal point, forming a gateway into the town centre when approached from the south.
“This site forms an area which is currently underdeveloped resulting in a weak urban form, unlike other locations around the town centre, which have been improved.”
Businesses that are currently on the site, at the junction between South Street and Oldchurch Road, include employment agency Priory Personnel, Antonio’s Barbers and design shop Signs.
It was also where The Brickyard, known to many as a hotspot location where the cast of The Only Way is Essex regularly filmed scenes for the show, was based for eight years until it announced its sudden closure on New Year’s Day.
Family-orientated independent restaurant Smokey’s Shack then opened its doors in its place on Wednesday, March 21, but had to close days later for another refurbishment.
The restaurant then re-opened on Friday, March 30.
A consultation into the application has launched and a decision from the council is expected by June 7.