Sunday, October 11, 2015

Garden Grab in Old Barkingside
– Episode III

Gabrielle Collard, a local activist down in Wanstead, writes about the Redbridge Planning Department and developer tactics on a planning application for Wanstead High Street, known as “The Cube”.

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.
The ongoing combination of developer’s tactics plus poor organisation at Redbridge could quite easily wear people down. Perhaps that’s what is intended.
Full article here.

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 …


  1. The arguments about planning applications have been well rehearsed in these pages. I would add, in this case, only that if Redbridge or the Secretary of State allows this development, it will set a dangerous precedent for the borough as a whole. I know that many boroughs, including our neighbour Havering, long ago stopped allowing housebuilding in back gardens because it was considered that it degraded the area. Nothing has changed since then except the intolerable pressure on local authorities to meet unrealistic targets for new housing units or suffer financial penalties. I urge everybody to oppose this kind of develpopment in every way possible, or you will wake up one morning to find a row of houses literally In Your Back Yard. That is what is happening to the residents of Sandringham Close.

  2. Good grief..! is nothing sacred, I just don't know how the sewage systems or other infrastructures are going to cope with the close proximity of more and more personnel taking over land. It is almost like old parts of Philadelphia where the locals say "you got two, you gimme one..! - I would just love to see how many Council members have given up their back yards, or spare rooms to accommodate these practically flesh-eating, land-grabbing influxees who have decided "this is the place for them." - Well, I remember reading an article which authenticated that during WW1, the close proximity of people in England brought about the flu epidemic par excellence where so many people kicked the bucket, including my grandmother - so, to save ones self from being overpowered by wafts of cooking, bad breath, excretia odours and practically observing blackheads on one's neighbour, I suggest that this sort of carpet pulling from under one's feet be a no-no..!