Friday, October 25, 2013

Kelvin Hughes site – The Plan

For those who could not make the exhibition on Thursday (someone has to go to work and keep the economy moving) we have a PDF (5Mbits) of their exhibition boards. Here’s the crucial bit as an image.

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They are planning for 180 homes split roughly 50:50 between houses (2 and 3 storey with about a third of those as Town Houses) and flats. The flats are in 4 storey blocks (medium rise I think is the phrase) abutting New North Road and to the rear of the site. There is a small commercial area on the south east corner of the site which is as yet unspecified but they do seem amenable to the ideas of a Business Start up centre or Hot Desking facilities.

While I was there most of the discussion seemed to be about traffic and parking but I cannot see how this proposal would generate more traffic and parking problems than did Kelvin Hughes when it was in operation. The key issues here are amenities such as schooling and doctors surgeries which presumably these new residents will require, but if they are at all interested in swimming they can forget it ….

Leave your views in the comments section below s’il vous plait.

15 comments:

  1. Mossford Primary currently has an under subscription. Though not on the door step it is close eniugh to help with the schooling issue

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    1. Is this before or after the doubling of the intake?

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  2. As a resident living close to this site, I have seen over years just how traffic volumes on New North Road have increased.
    Any road problem causes chaos in the surrounding area. The one entrance/exit to this site has always caused a problem.
    The added traffic, caused by normal daily usage of the new residents, will make the entrance a very unsafe area.

    The plans do not make sufficient provision for residents car parking. It is unusual these days for a family to have just one car!

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    1. I can recall council planning officers - both in Dedbridge and in Effing Forest District - telling their committee members that parking provision can be at lower levels on developments close to "good" public transport because residents will then use it and will not require cars..

      That is total balderdash! What is the definition of "good" public transport? And what about their visitors' cars?

      All residential developments these days require a minimum of 2 spaces per dwelling. For planners to say otherwise is to adopt the proverbial ostrich posture.

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    2. Traffic volumes have increased everywhere except in central London. This is probably due to the congestion charge - would you like one of these in Hainault?

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    3. I use public transport whenever posible but I still have a car for those journeys which are impossibly difficult, expensive or take too long. However excellent the public transport in the area might be (I said 'might be' not 'is') people will still own cars and need to park them somewhere. I heard on the radio yesterday that on average cars are parked for 96% of the time. I would suggest that 2 spaces per dwelling should be a minimum requirement.

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    4. That is an interesting statistic which deserves further consideration.

      365 days x 24 hours = 8760 hours per year

      4% of 8760 = 350.4 hours of car use

      At an average of 30mph (probably an over estimate in London) this equates to an annual mileage of 10,512. This, I believe, is about the average mileage of private car users in the UK.

      So, one of the most expensive assets private car users buy is only used for 4% of the time. £10-30Ks worth of precision engineering just sitting there, idle. This coupled with older housing where there is no off-road parking provision makes we wonder just how we as a society view “public space”.

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  3. We already have a Congestion Charge all over the borough, Oh sorry I forgot, the Council call it a Parking Charge.

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    1. Not in Wanstead and Hainault we don't.

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  4. I thought we already had a Congestion Charge all over Redbridge including Parks.Oh sorry the Council calls it Parking Charges,

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  5. I would not be too sure about Hainault, wait until they have finished paving over roads in Hainault, but of course NEVER, in Wanstead, except the Library,but that is run by Vision, theoretically not part of the Council.

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    1. And if it happens in Hainault we shall all know which member of Area 3 Committee to blame shan't we?

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  6. I am a reporter on the Ilford Recorder. Would anyone be keen to have a chat and voice your opinions on the plans? My number is 02084773825.

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  7. What level code of Sustainable Homes are the proposals? How accessible are the designs? Do the flats have lifts?

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