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The Council is consulting on the Preferred Options report for a period of seven weeks between Monday 7 January 2013 and Friday 22 February 2013 to enable people to comment on the approach proposed.
There will be personed displays where people will be given the opportunity to ask Officers questions about the Core Strategy Review Preferred Options Consultation. Ours will be:
Monday 28th January 1- 4pm Fullwell Cross Library
The preferred Options Report is a rarther lengthy, bit heavy PDF and to be honest I have not yet read it in detail. The interesting bit is on page 15 which gives a map of the borough and the “opportunity sites”. As expected there are quite a few along the Crossrail corridor but as this is an existing railway line most of it is already built on and the sites are relatively small in footprint although that does not exclude the height potential (see Ilford Town Centre). Worryingly the Goodmayes and King George Hospital sites are included in this category although it does not, as far as I can see at the moment, specify what the actual “opportunity” is. We were aware that there was some speculation that Redbridge College would relocate to the Crossrail corridor with the vacated site being used for housing but this has all gone quiet. At the extreme north east of the borough there is another plan to provide some 450 homes on the Five Oaks Lane site south of the golf course. There is also a large area of open space abutting Woodford Avenue and opposite Claybury Broadway which is currently playing fields associated with Beal High School. We know that Beal is to be expanded, well actually doubled in size, to accommodate our growing young population but this doesn’t appear to exclude housing at that location. And now for the biggy, for which we have been waiting in anticpation for quite some time – the extensive Oakfield site which is masked from the passing eye by the houses in Fencepiece Road and Forest Road. The council assisted move of the Frenford club to the PLA site in The Drive was the clue. We are looking at a “Garden Village” of some 750 homes, and possibly a Polyclinic and a school on this site.
I won’t bore you with the population predictions contained within the report but we are currently struggling with basic amenities like schools and swimming pools. The locals in Fencepiece Road are currently jumping up and down about increased traffic if a small Lidl supermarket with 55 parking places gets the go ahead. This is but a drop in the ocean.
The construction of the new Jewish Primary School on the King Solomon site in Forest Road is well under way. This combined with the old Ilford Jewish Primary School site in Craven Gardens doubling in size as a new Hindu school and the Mossford community school off the High Street also doubling in size, means there is a little bit of a problem for the council’s Highways Department. We look forward with some interest to their traffic management