Havering Council planning: Deputy leader hits out at ‘Lord Boris’ as 435 cycling spaces signed off for Harold Hill development

PUBLISHED: 16:32 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 19 November 2013

Cllr Steven Kelly

Cllr Steven Kelly


A 242-home development between Petersfield Avenue and Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, is to go ahead after permission was granted by 10 votes to one.

"It might be what Lord Boris wants, but it’s absolute nonsense"

Cllr Steven Kelly (Tory, Emerson Park) on 435 cycle spaces included in the plan for a 242-home development in Harold Hill

Outline permission had already been given, but the matter was back before the committee because the developer had firmed up plans for a road network and the number of bedrooms each flat or house would have.

But one detail attracted the attention of councillors: the inclusion of 435 cycle spaces, or one per flat and two per house, in the development.

“It might be what Lord Boris wants,” scoffed Cllr Steven Kelly (Tory, Emerson Park), “but it’s absolute nonsense.

“Some of that space [could be] put into parking spaces.

“I don’t believe we need two cycle spaces per house – I really struggle with that.”

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