Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Boring but Important -
The Core Strategy Review:
Preferred Options

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The Council is undertaking a review of its main local plan known as the Core Strategy which sets out where, when and how growth may take place across the borough. (Source)

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 jam plan at one of the most congested and polluted roundabouts in Greater London.

21 comments:

  1. Are there any loos in the Core Strategy Plan? Or is the vast influx of foreigners into the borough supposed to find a bush somewhere?

    The "plan" sounds like a load of bullshit to me, but of course i haven't read it and don't intend to. Council gobbledegook gets on my wick.
    The whole point of it is to obscurate what councillors intend to do.

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    1. Redbridge council's policy on loos is clearly one of inconvenience. I just hope the Leader's prostrate gland is rapidly wearing out.

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  2. "Ours will be:

    Monday 28 January 1-4pm Fullwell Cross Library."

    Oh yes - clearly accessible times for every working person!

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  3. Serious comments only, please - there is a great deal at stake here for many local community groups and individuals

    Appendix 1 of the "Preferred Options Report" lists a lot of sites and sub-divisions thereof but the land areas quoted do not seem to relate to "preferred use", suggesting that further sub-division and/or realignment has not been thought out yet.

    The following document provides detail in the form of maps which people may find easier to absorb:
    (a picture being worth so many words):

    Section 5

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    1. Blimey....there's more!
      I missed the Residential Development on the fields between King Solomon and IJPS ...

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    2. Whilst you might not consider them to be so Jawal let me assure you that both my comments were intended to be serious ones. Only when our "civic leaders" endure the physical embarrassment of lack of public toilets (fortunately I am not yet in that category) will they understand the importance of the availability for the "plebs" of the borough.

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  4. THANKS JAWAL1,quite interesting reading....

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  5. Only two comments from me (and neither about the subject!)
    Morris, please, it's PROSTATE not prostRate - unless of course you're lying down.

    And I'm fascinated by B21's use of the word 'personed' instead of 'manned'. Are we now to change the name of the town in Essex to Personingtree,and "Person the Lifeboats!" could sound quite quaint when the ship's going down - as indeed would "Person overboard!".

    Don't let's take PC too far, mate.

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    1. Well spotted there Alfred. I missed that and so did Morris... I shall immediately email everybody that Morris has ever criticised here and on Redbridge-i for grammatical errors ..

      But you did fail to spot that I deliberately changed "manned" to "personed" to highlight the very point you are making above ..

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  6. Redbridge Council is currently undertaking a programme of significant enlargement of existing schools as well as providing new ones. Not all schools enjoy the enormous site on which Beal is built, and rely to a significant degree on facilities such as Oakfield for sporting activities that carry a number of benefits. These include building an awareness of teamwork, and (particularly important) physical development and such health benefits as reducing/avoiding obescity.

    Where does this barmy mob propose that such activities should take place if, after substantially reducing the external space by additional building on school sites, they then flog off such facilities as Oakfield for housing development?

    To quote Oscar Wilde once more: these peopls know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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    1. Passing by on the bus this afternoon it looks like there is a new road entrance to the Beal school playing fields being created on Woodford Avenue opposite Claybury Broadway ...

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    2. A new road? Weinberg Way perhaps?

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  7. Sorry B21. Sincere apologies for missing the irony.

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  8. Oh my goodness, he's done it again!
    OBESCITY???

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    1. Either his fingers or his keyboard are possessed by the devil ...

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  9. Blessed is he who never made a mistake......even if just a slip of the finger.

    And thrice blessed is he who criticises without revealing his full identity.

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  10. doomed we're all doomed.......unless we move out of Redbridge of course,but then where ever we go we will see it happening all ovber again..........byr bye once great britain...and greater london...very sad.
    ps i am still an optomist though....

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  11. Sorry, Morris, no offence intended. I'm just a natural pedant.

    (Don't forget, you're just as anonymous to me as I am to you. B21 knows me but I don't think we've ever met.)

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