Below is a reply, penned by Cllr Paul Canal, to an article that appeared in the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian earlier today regarding a planning application that was approved at last week’s Regulatory Committee. Please note that all of those campaigners live in houses that were built on what was once open farm land, some as recently as the 1950s and 1970s.
The campaign to preserve Claybury Farm has started 50 years too late. They haven’t grown a carrot or fed a sheep there for decades.
The current buildings on the farm are decrepit light industrial buildings that have been allowed to fall into disrepair. Quite frankly the site is a disgrace and a local eyesore.
Dr White’s assertion that the site of 32 houses will have 110 cars is clearly ludicrous – that is nearly four cars per unit!
I must also assume that Hobbits are now much taller as the homes that are being proposed are a mixture of 3 and four bed family homes and other units with double the amenity space that is required. Presumably the Hobbits have benefited from better nutrition in recent years.
I called for the site visit two weeks ago having read of residents’ concerns previously. I have studied the plans with fellow councillors and officers and walked the site. Quite frankly, if every proposed site was of this standard we would be building a better borough and much needed homes fit for families.
I wish the 32 families who will now have decent homes many happy and successful years in Redbridge.
Cllr Paul CanalMeanwhile in other news IPSOS concludes that a whopping 0% of people want to live in Tower Blocks.