Six hundred homes approved for former Romford ice rink
PUBLISHED: 15:44 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:20 23 February 2018
Plans to build more than 600 homes on the old Romford Ice Rink were approved by the council last night.
Real estate investment and development group Affinity Global has been given the green light to build 11 blocks of one to four bedroom apartments, between four and eight storeys high.
Affinity Global told the Recorder that there will also be a supermarket, a café and a doctors surgery.
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 planning application states that there will be two residents’ gyms, cycle parking and 250 car parking spaces.
The application was submitted in August last year, and was approved at Havering Council’s regulatory services committee meeting last night (Thursday, February 22).
Robert Whitton, CEO of Affinity Global Real Estate, said: “The seven acre site was opened in 1987 as the Arena Ice Rink but, by April 2013, it had closed and the site was derelict and became a wasteland in the centre of the town.
“With huge pressure on London’s councils to create new homes, such a large sustainable site so close to excellent public transport infrastructure was crying out for a regeneration specialist to optimise its usage.
“We acquired the site after the original developers decided not to continue with their original plans to build a huge supermarket and some houses which we felt needed a significant revision in light of the emerging local and London plan.
“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 and cabinet member for housing 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 that he knew that the planning officers at the council had a very “favourable view” of the architectural designs that had been submitted, and that it 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.”