First look at how homes on the old Romford Ice Rink could look
PUBLISHED: 15:15 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 02 March 2018
The Recorder has been given a first look at how the 620 homes to be built on the old Romford Ice Rink could look.
Plans for the homes on land at Rom Valley Way were approved at Havering Council’s regulatory services committee meeting last week and the Recorder has been given a glimpse of what they could look like.
Real estate investment and development group Affinity Global was given the green light to build 11 blocks of one to four bedroom apartments, between four and eight storeys high.
There will also be a supermarket, a café and a doctors surgery along with two residents’ gyms, cycle parking and 250 car parking spaces.
The Mayfair company said that they are going to build a “new sustainable residential community, encompassing landscaped public realms, cycle lanes, pedestrian routes and a series of green spaces throughout the development”.
The application was submitted in August last year, and the architects Sheppard Robson have designed how the new homes could look.
Robert Whitton, CEO of Affinity Global Real Estate, said: “Our new plan to create 620 new homes, equates to just under half of the local borough council’s annual housing target and demonstrates our ability to create attractive, sustainable and quality urban housing.
“It’s important to me that Affinity leaves local communities a legacy I can be proud of.
“In Romford, we’ll achieve that by using our regeneration expertise to revitalise the area and contribute toward the significant housing shortage at the same time.”
Councillor Damian White, deputy leader of the council told the Recorder: “This is an example that shows that we all work pro-actively with developers to get the most affordable properties on all developments.”
He said the apartments will “really add to the architectural landscape of the town centre.”
He said: “For far too long that site has been left dormant.
“We must all welcome the regeneration of that part of Romford.
“Romford is at the forefront of regeneration across east London.
“I believe the council role is to make sure it is not just a building boom and that a proper community is established.”