As you may have already heard the new, revised, special edition of the Redbridge Local Development Plan (click to download PDF 35Mb) was published last Thursday, although I was not able to download a copy until Saturday and I have still not read it through properly yet. If the link to the LDP doesn't work go here and look for item 8 downloads.
Not surprisingly it still includes the intention to develop Oakfield, and move its amenities and facilities to the Forest Road and Hainault Playing Fields, which are, well, already occupied and well used. However, more surprisingly it also includes some or part of the other options that were considered earlier with a view to replacing Oakfield in the plan.
The Wanstead & Woodford corridor, whilst not specifically mentioned, is still a possibility as, according to the opposition leader, the height of any development on any of the identified sites has not been defined.
Ford Sports ground has been included, as has a parcel of green belt land at Billet Road. This is on top of the proposed developments in Ilford Town centre that have surfaced while the plan was being revised. Most notably, the Sainsbury’s site, the Exchange Mall site and Harrison Gibsons.
The plan will be considered this coming Thursday by the Neighbourhoods Service Committee, then go to Cabinet on 7th June followed by Full Council on 21st July.
We expect the Labour administration to vote it through, whereupon it goes to a further stage of public examination and will ultimately need the approval of the London Mayor and the Secretary of State.
I may have more to say once I have read through the report.