Over the last year, the planning department at Redbridge has undergone a complete personality change. The experienced planners have gone, the conservation officer is no more and the new head of planning is a mystery. The officer running the case of 73 High Street is part time.Full article here.
The ongoing combination of developer’s tactics plus poor organisation at Redbridge could quite easily wear people down. Perhaps that’s what is intended.
Unfortunately this is not an isolated case, it goes on all the time.
Back in July 2013 we had the first phase of garden grab in old Barkingside where a developer had bought up the rear part of the back gardens of a row of cottages in Tanners Lane and submitted a planning application for 7 terraced 3-storey town houses at right angles to Sandringham Gardens with an access road abutting the rear gardens of properties in Sandringham Close. This application was refused.
Then we had episode II in October 2014 with a new application, this time for 5 terraced houses with loft accommodation and facing Sandringham Gardens with drop down kerbs for off road parking, which would have reduced the amount of available on-road parking for other residents and visitors. This application was also refused and is the subject of an appeal.
And now, notwithstanding the appeal, we have Episode III (ref: 3519/15) – an application for 4 terraced houses again facing Sandringham Gardens but with no drop down kerbs and a parking area where the access road was on the first application, backing onto the rear gardens of Sandringham Close.
A decision has not yet been made on this latest application, but I am expecting another application soon for 3 terraced houses …