The presentation by Matthew Maple was excellent and the attendees knew their stuff making some very pertinent comments and providing some important feedback. It wasn’t all moans as you might have expected.
The main purpose of the Report is to have a plan as to where development may take place over the next 10-15 years. This is not just housing, although that is the largest part of it, but also necessary infrastructure like additional schools and health clinics, but not swimming pools. The line has been taken that communities grow around transport links and so most, but not all, of the proposed development sites are located along the Crossrail corridor, the M11 corridor, the A406/Woodford Avenue and the Central Line. Click for the map. The idea being that locating housing and amenities near transport hubs and town centres like Gants Hill and Barkingside reduces the need for car use. The parking lobby please note.
As may be expected the large sites are mostly in the north of the borough, the Goodmayes Hospital site and Redbridge College in Barley Lane being the exception. There is a large area off Woodford Avenue incorporating the Beal School playing fields and the recreation fields the other side of Woodford Bridge Road. Here in Barkingside there is the Oakfield site and the playing fields between the Central Line and Heybridge Drive. I have pulled out the detail for Oakfield and uploaded it as a small PDF here.
|options 1 and 2 for Oakfield - click image to enlarge|
As John Abrams said. Whatever we do has consequences. If we do not build more housing then house prices will rise. That’s fine if you already own a house, but it doesn’t do your children or grandchildren any good when they grow up and want to get onto the housing ladder themselves. If we do build houses then we have to accept that they will take up open, but not necessarily green, spaces. And if we use school playing fields to build more schools then ….
Where do the children play? Here’s Yusaf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens
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