Residents in Ilford have got themselves organised through NOISE (Neighbourhoods of Ilford South Engage) to fight against the dominance of developers housing schemes in their area proposed in the current stage of Local Plan consultation organised by Redbridge Council.
They have a petition on 38 Degrees calling on the Council to amend the Draft Redbridge Local Plan 2015-2030 ‘to reconsider the implications of designating Ilford as a Metropolitan Centre.’
‘We want reconsideration of the many high-rise buildings that are being proposed in Ilford South and an assurance that they will adhere to the principles of ‘Achieving Quality Design’ as set out in the Plan.
We want the council to set a clear and detailed strategy for the implementation of the infrastructure & community services which will support the proposed developments
We want the council to reconsider the phasing in which developments will be implemented, with those in Ilford South placed after the infrastructure and public services are in place to support them.
We want the council to address the specific housing needs of the local area rather than simply accepting the proposals of the developers.’
‘Major housing developments in Ilford South are being advanced by the Council at an alarming rate. In the Draft Redbridge Local Plan 2015-2030 it is proposed that 10,000 units of housing will be built in Ilford South in the next 15 years. This is about 74% of the total housing proposed for Redbridge. This is a heavy burden for the south of the borough and a bias in allocation.
Ilford is at a critical point in its history where the pressure on the council to meet housing targets is driving ill-conceived and insensitive high-density developments. There are grave concerns about this due to the following:
There will be a huge increase in population in the already most densely populated part of the borough. There are already pressures on public services such as education and health facilities; transport and parking and this will add to the pressures.
There will be the negative effects of multiple high rise buildings in terms of overshadowing, invasion of privacy, wind tunnelling etc.
The high-rise buildings and the residential mix proposed are not suitable for the specific housing needs of the local area and we fear the definition of ‘affordable’ will simply not be realistic.’
Read more in the Ilford Recorder
Redbridge Labour led by Cllr Jas Atwal seems to contradict the concern he expressed in 2012, when he was in opposition:
‘Poor infrastructure planning is creating the “slums of the future” with too much strain being placed on hospitals, schools and drainage systems”’. “Where are the youth clubs and hospitals? What we are doing is building the slums of the future.”
For analysis of late 60s housing in Redbridge see The Ilford Solidarity critique at