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Gidea Park New Inn could see eight new homes being built on pub’s brownfield site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 July 2018

View from within the courtyard of the proposed development next to the New Inn pub in Gidea Park. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.

View from within the courtyard of the proposed development next to the New Inn pub in Gidea Park. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.

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Proposals to build eight new houses next to a Gidea Park pub have been submitted to Havering Council.

The planning application to build on a small brownfield site next to the New Inn Pub in Squirrels Heath Lane was submitted to the council at the end of May by Domus Holding Group Limited.

The proposals are for eight three-bedroom houses alongside the pub, a new access road from Squirrels Heath Lane, 13 car parking spaces and 17 cycle parking spaces.

Each home would be built to accommodate five people.

The west section of the car park and beer garden of the New Inn would remain for customer’s use.

Streetscene, view towards courtyard from Squirrels Heath Lane. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.Streetscene, view towards courtyard from Squirrels Heath Lane. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.

A public consultation event was held at the New Inn on March, 20 to showcase the proposals for the site and engage with local residents and councillors.

Two residents left comments, one of which said: “Good use of space, sensitive design, matches surrounding area - looking forward to the new build.”

Another resident commented: “Appears to be a considered development, can’t see how it will harm the community feel of the New Inn. A nice development - good luck.”

However, some residents at the public consultation took the opportunity to verbally express their concerns.

Streetscene elevation in Squirrels Heath Lane, looking North. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.Streetscene elevation in Squirrels Heath Lane, looking North. Picture: Figure/Ground Architects.

They asked questions about how parking will be controlled in the new development to ensure residents can still use them, and whether the loss of the pub’s car park would lead to people parking in the street.

In addition, concerns were expressed about the new homes overlooking properties on the opposite side of Squirrels Heath Lane.

Sam Meston, head of office at Bidwells Essex said: “This is an excellent opportunity to deliver high-quality family homes alongside the continued use of the New Inn Public House.

“Development of the site would result in an effective use of land, replacing part of the under-utilised garden space and the over-provision of parking associated with the Public House - to deliver new family homes for local people, generously sized with ample amenity space, to contribute towards Havering’s housing needs.”

Artist impression of the proposed development next to the New Inn pub in Gidea ParkPicture: Figure/Ground Architects.Artist impression of the proposed development next to the New Inn pub in Gidea ParkPicture: Figure/Ground Architects.

The planning application referenced the London Mayor’s vision in A City for All Londoners, which sets out the aim to maximise the potential of small brownfield sites to deliver housing in sustainable locations within London’s existing urban area, while protecting green belt land.

A decision regarding the planning application will be made by July 26.

Comment below with your opinions about the planning application or send in your comments to April.Roach@archant.co.uk.

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