Friday, January 29, 2016

Breaking: Oakfield granted Asset of Community Value Status

The Chair of Save Oakfield Society has today (Friday 29 Jan 2016) received a letter from Redbridge Council approving their application to register the entire Oakfield site (including the Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre) as an Asset of Community Value.

Reasons given for the decision include:
  • It is the Council’s opinion that the current uses of Oakfield are non-ancillary and further the social well-being or social interests of the local community.
  • It is realistic to think that the use of Oakfield will continue to further the social well-being or social interests of the local community in the immediate future.

19 comments:

  1. That is nice. Let's see what happens with the planning decision. I have listened to the audio recordings of all the full council meetings and it does looks like there is no obvious build option which meets everyone's needs and wants, including matters regarding pollution, quality of life, green space and congestion. I find it quite funny that community groups fighting to save their areas from new housing are highlighting the same issues as each other.

    Personally I am in favour of building houses everywhere and anywhere in the interest of reducing house prices which are currently out of the reach of hard working people. A roof over ones head trumps most things, if not all things. Drastic action is required to solve the housing crisis and I am perplexed as to why we are not moving forward with the decision.

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    1. We have been through these discussion on these issues before. Building "everywhere and anywhere" is how we create the next generation of slums, as there is no local amenity value to enhance the life experience of the residents of such newly built properties because the local amenities have been destroyed by new buildings!

      I am also interested as to what makes anyone think that any new building is going to provide "affordable" housing when there is no market push - hence the rise in prices, both sale and rent. Clearly, a lot of buyers think that these properties are "affordable" as they keep on selling.

      With regard to Oakfield in particular, it is not about building on a "spare" bit of land but destroying a top quality (thus much used) sports facility. Would you suggest that because there is a large patch of grass in the middle of Wembley Stadium then it should be developed for [affordable] housing - and, if not, why not?

      CHIBW.

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  2. Well the new houses at the top of new north road ...are selling at £390.000 ...you would have to be earning over £100 grand a year to buy this.... Not "affordable for most... It's not the lack of houses that's the cause of the housing crisis it's a combination of lots of things....even having trouble finding a retirement home for me mammy not because of cost but because there's not enough of them...

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  3. Opposing housing in their areas is reasonable in light of the arguments they set out. I can understand that however the over-arching issue is lack of housing. If we can't build new houses in woodford, wanstead corridor or oakfield, then that is fine.let's keep it as it is. We protect local amenities and safeguard the areas. For the purpose of my point, let's say those areas are now safe for major house building projects, does anyone have any solutions/proposals for house building to meet housing need? Tower blocks? Other green belt areas?

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  4. Simple answer ...when there's not enough housing to go round....then stop letting more people in.......if the nhs cannot cope with what it has ....ditto.......
    From one anon to another.....looks like I'm talking to myself .......

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    1. you are not talking to yourself, this is most people's views, unfortunately not everyone is as honest as you and therefore, polite acceptance of such ideals brings with it an occurrence of overcrowding, disharmony, disruption in the ranks and for the original citizens of this country will only be offered further taxation, less social care and wonderment where their own legacies will end up; certainly not for their own family's inheritance, that will most probably be used up for the vast number of those sucking the coffers dry without any input of their own.

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  5. The community value status is really a non event!
    It means when the site is sold for X amount of millions,the community has a 6mnth window to buy it too.
    Seriously...is this going to be possible? Never!
    This whole protection of pitches and clubs is a decoy for the real reason why locals dont want the site developed.
    The disruption on their own lives views and travel in the area.
    A valid reason but smells of being selfish towards the future residents and families of Redbridge.
    Fighting it is a waste of energy look at the positives from it.
    Local economy,new amenities like schools and health centres.
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

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    1. What is the point of shrugging one's shoulders and capitulating every time a "difficulty" arises? That attitude is for losers.
      The only way to be sure you can't win is to not fight.

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    2. Well these are the fine words of Winston Churchill,probably Britains greatest fighter.
      Its not shrugging the shoulders,its seeing things beyond our own lives,recognising the future needs of others.

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    3. Well that shows just how gullible you are, innit.

      It is possible that Churchill did say that, possibly in passing to a guest at a number 10 garden party maybe, BUT despite it being ascribed to Churchill all over the web not one of those appearances offers a source, a citation, book, speech, whatever – nothing.

      And because there is no source we do not know the context, if there was one.

      If you do find a source there are many research Fellows and Churchill historians tucked away in various academic institutions who, I am sure, would love to hear from you. You can find them also on the web with a simple browser search.

      On the other hand “seeing things beyond our own lives, recognising the future needs of others” is precisely what Agenda 21 and this campaign is all about.

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    4. Proves the adage "When all's said and done...99% will be said"

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    5. Joyce of Reason, If they built the schools, the doctors surgeries, improved the roads, increase capacity on the tube and improve local amenities at the same time or god forbid before the build, many of us would be in favour. Unfortunately what tends to happen is that the houses get built, the schools are inundated and have to build more classrooms on the playground, you have to wait two weeks to get a doctors appointment when by then your back to health again, you have to let two tubes go before you can get on one at only two stops from the start of the line or travel in the opposite direction and get on at an earlier station and finally leave home an hour earlier than you should need too to travel 5 miles down the road.
      Please, lets get the infrastructure in place before or as we build.

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  6. Well it was okay until the social housing was sold off

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  7. What is the meaning of 'affordable'? What is affordable for one person may not be so for the next. What makes so many of the new builds not 'affordable' are developers love to build flats. Any development more than 3 floors high needs, by law, a lift.
    If a development has a lift, then that will come with a 'service charge'. Whilst the level of rents may then be paid through Housing Benefit the service charge levies can be increased year on year and Housing Benefit does not cover service charges in any form.
    So, what starts out as affordable actually isn't, especially if it is more than 3 floors high!

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  8. What a world we live in when some of us think recognition for a place where people come together as a community is a bad thing.

    If it ain't a house it's bad. Close the doctors, hospitals, libraries, churches, tenples, mosques, community centres, sports centres, pubs, playgrounds, parks, cinemas, theatres, close the graveyards too while we're at it.

    40% of all Londoners were born abroad. Don't count the kids and it may be more than half. That's your demand growth. Interest rates govern prices. We don't ask other countries to concrete their communities, why are we?

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    1. So how will we be voting in the EU referendum?

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    2. Interest rates govern prices?? They have been at historic low levels 0.5% for years now.

      What on earth!!

      It is lack of supply and too much demand that govern price.

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    3. I know Patsy. It amazes me that David is not being advised better. If he thinks that the issue we (most of the population) have with migration is because the migrants can claim benefits he is a joker. Most of the migrants are either fleeing worn torn countries therefore seeking refuge rather than handouts and the rest are economic migrants who are coming here to work to earn better wages. David, its not about benefits, its about numbers. They want to come to the UK because we have a successful economy (one of the best in the World) That is why we need a control on numbers nothing else.

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    4. We've already been issued with a moral blackmail should we leave the EU, "France will close its borders and allow every tom dick and whoever through the flood-gates.."

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