Developer Dalbir Singh Sanger has revealed interest from mosque builders

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dalbir Singh Sanger and Dez Stowe Dalbir Singh Sanger and Dez Stowe

A mosque could be built on a green space after community opposition to plans for housing on the site.

Dalco Developments, the owner of the space known as Evergreen Field in High Street, Wanstead, said it has been contacted by a interested party in the Middle East, which wants to build a place of worship.

But Dalco's Dalbir Singh Sanger said he still hopes to push ahead with his plan for seven houses, two flats and two shops, despite criticisms of the plan and calls for the space to be re-opened for community use.

Redbridge Council has also said any development of the land would contravene its green spaces policy.

Mr Sanger said: "I have had an enquiry from an interested party in the Middle East about selling the land to them for a mosque.

"I really don’t want to sell the land on. I want to keep it and give half of it back to the community."

Geoff Horsnell, of the Wanstead Society, which objects to the plans, said: "I don't think there is a sufficient population of Muslims in Wanstead for a large mosque.

"The plans wouldn't get through the planning process anyway.

"Whatever is built on Evergreen Field will not be welcome on the High Street."

Mr Sanger’s consultant Dez Stowe said: "Dal doesn’t want to sell it, but as a last resort he could sell it to the interested party and let them get on with it.

"There is no benefit to anyone by calling it Evergreen Field. It is just an empty field."

Mr Sanger added: "It’s like someone coming round to your house and renaming it.

"We don’t want it called Evergreen Field, because it’s not even green."

The field began to be known as Evergreen Field in the mid-90s when the Metropolitan Police, which owned the site at the time, planned to sell the land.

A house which was knocked down on the land in the 1960s was called Evergreen Lodge and it is believed the name stems from there.

Dalco is currently in negotiations with Redbridge Council in an attempt to get the field reclassified from an open space to a development site.

It is arguing that, as the site has never been open to the public, it should not be protected under the council’s open space policy.

Mr Stowe said: "I think we have a good chance with our application. Dal is prepared to give something back to the community, which is rare among developers and anything is possible."

Mr Sanger declined to confirm any further details about the potential buyer interested in building a mosque.

The Wanstead Society’s application to bring the field back into community use is due to be discussed at the next meeting of Redbridge Council’s regional planning committee west on March 20 at Wanstead Church School, Church Path, Wanstead.

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11:15am Mon 11 Feb 13

Techno3 says...

Thanks for the photo. I wouldn't buy a second-hand beef lasanga from either of those dodgy-looking guys.
Thanks for the photo. I wouldn't buy a second-hand beef lasanga from either of those dodgy-looking guys. Techno3
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11:31am Mon 11 Feb 13

T. Watts says...

Yes, ditto - thanks for the photo.

I'm glad he doesn't look like a dodgy, shady, wheeler-dealer who'd sell his own grandmother if there was a quid in it for him.

Build a mosque there? Nonsense. It's just more bluster to try and get his own way.
Yes, ditto - thanks for the photo. I'm glad he doesn't look like a dodgy, shady, wheeler-dealer who'd sell his own grandmother if there was a quid in it for him. Build a mosque there? Nonsense. It's just more bluster to try and get his own way. T. Watts
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11:34am Mon 11 Feb 13

NDevoto says...

“We don’t want it called Evergreen Field, because it’s not even green.”

Says man pictured in middle of field
or "green " grass.

What a bunch of dodgy chancers.
“We don’t want it called Evergreen Field, because it’s not even green.” Says man pictured in middle of field or "green " grass. What a bunch of dodgy chancers. NDevoto
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11:59am Mon 11 Feb 13

spcdust says...

Oh really, I mean honestly this guy is single handedly re-enforcing the stereo typical dubious reputation that property developers seem to have. Personally I have no major objection to the appropriate development being built on this site. Let's face it, it has been a fenced off derelict overgrown field, which has harboured rats, for years and Wanstead has a very nice Green already so so why not develop it? However, the bullying and hot air tactics Mr Singh has employed, which are basically veiled threats, really turn me against supporting any development he may propose. A definite case of scoring a home goal on his part.
Oh really, I mean honestly this guy is single handedly re-enforcing the stereo typical dubious reputation that property developers seem to have. Personally I have no major objection to the appropriate development being built on this site. Let's face it, it has been a fenced off derelict overgrown field, which has harboured rats, for years and Wanstead has a very nice Green already so so why not develop it? However, the bullying and hot air tactics Mr Singh has employed, which are basically veiled threats, really turn me against supporting any development he may propose. A definite case of scoring a home goal on his part. spcdust
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12:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13

JackDaniels says...

Has anyone done a financials check on Dalco Developments? It's a new company, with "Singh accountants" as the registered office address, no accounts filed. Smells like speculation rather than experienced development professionals..
Has anyone done a financials check on Dalco Developments? It's a new company, with "Singh accountants" as the registered office address, no accounts filed. Smells like speculation rather than experienced development professionals.. JackDaniels
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4:22pm Mon 11 Feb 13

LakeBreeze says...

I agree with the other comments here.

I also find that there is an awful lot of veiled threat and utter contempt for the locals, in the things this man says about this site.

He seems to have contempt for the site, contempt for Wanstead, contempt for the locals who care what happens to this land.

That's no way to garner support or good wishes. In my opinion he's deliberately trying to rile public opinion even more, but that's just my take on the situation.

Sure, it's an unused derelict field -- because every entity who has owned it has fenced it off and done nothing with it!

If this land were put back into community use, ipso facto it wouldn't be fenced and derelict anymore.

Have a community open space for festivals, bowls, public performance on high days and holidays (similar to the festival performances on the Temple mound in Wanstead Park in the summer).

This man is clearly determined to brownland this spot into even more dereliction in order to bully Redbridge council into letting go of its greenspace protection.

He needs to sell the land back to the council and let it go. It seems to me that all of this has become a point of spite from him now.
I agree with the other comments here. I also find that there is an awful lot of veiled threat and utter contempt for the locals, in the things this man says about this site. He seems to have contempt for the site, contempt for Wanstead, contempt for the locals who care what happens to this land. That's no way to garner support or good wishes. In my opinion he's deliberately trying to rile public opinion even more, but that's just my take on the situation. Sure, it's an unused derelict field -- because every entity who has owned it has fenced it off and done nothing with it! If this land were put back into community use, ipso facto it wouldn't be fenced and derelict anymore. Have a community open space for festivals, bowls, public performance on high days and holidays (similar to the festival performances on the Temple mound in Wanstead Park in the summer). This man is clearly determined to brownland this spot into even more dereliction in order to bully Redbridge council into letting go of its greenspace protection. He needs to sell the land back to the council and let it go. It seems to me that all of this has become a point of spite from him now. LakeBreeze
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4:41pm Mon 11 Feb 13

spcdust says...

These ideas of bringing it back into the community sound all very idealistic however who is going to pay for this with regards to obtaining the land in the first instance, converting it so it's fit for purpose and then the annual running costs? I these austere times I cannot see the Council meeting these costs.
As I have said, I actually don't think it's that big a deal if the plot is developed in some way - it's in a developed urban zone and Wanstead is not lacking green space. Mr Singh however has demonstrated he is not the type of developer one wants dealings with.
These ideas of bringing it back into the community sound all very idealistic however who is going to pay for this with regards to obtaining the land in the first instance, converting it so it's fit for purpose and then the annual running costs? I these austere times I cannot see the Council meeting these costs. As I have said, I actually don't think it's that big a deal if the plot is developed in some way - it's in a developed urban zone and Wanstead is not lacking green space. Mr Singh however has demonstrated he is not the type of developer one wants dealings with. spcdust
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9:20pm Mon 11 Feb 13

nick133 says...

Lovely pic of old Dal Boy and Rodders.

Next year my son they'll be millionaires!

Also amazing that Dal Boy has secured the talents behind some of the world's greatest structures according to Dez's "website" www.stowe-2.com. The Eighth Wonder of the world is coming to EverNotGreen Field!
Lovely pic of old Dal Boy and Rodders. Next year my son they'll be millionaires! Also amazing that Dal Boy has secured the talents behind some of the world's greatest structures according to Dez's "website" www.stowe-2.com. The Eighth Wonder of the world is coming to EverNotGreen Field! nick133
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10:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13

ruby newbie says...

still throwing his toys out of his pram then......
still throwing his toys out of his pram then...... ruby newbie
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9:31am Tue 12 Feb 13

solcomm says...

Its true, someone informed me of this rumour when I was cycling up the Thames!
Its true, someone informed me of this rumour when I was cycling up the Thames! solcomm
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2:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Wanstead High St Developer says...

Dear all
The landowner is prepared to pay for area approx 50%+ to be handed over to the local community as open area & playing area. We wiuld welcome those locals & Wanstead Society to meet us to have a better face to face constructive meeting on the future of this land which has been abandoned for over 50+ years to enhance further the High St. Please contact us to arrange a meeting.
Dear all The landowner is prepared to pay for area approx 50%+ to be handed over to the local community as open area & playing area. We wiuld welcome those locals & Wanstead Society to meet us to have a better face to face constructive meeting on the future of this land which has been abandoned for over 50+ years to enhance further the High St. Please contact us to arrange a meeting. Wanstead High St Developer
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5:38pm Tue 12 Feb 13

STOWE 2 LTD says...

Dear ALL

It has been brought to our attention all the above & other blogs & blogs by Wanstead High St Developer.
Firstly for the record, we STOWE 2 LTD are the true representaives for Dalco Developements.
All matters concerning any issues with the land are to be directed via us & we note comments about us which we refute totally.
However, the main item for all in consideration is that we would like all local residents to discuss how many aspects including the ideas of Wanstead Society & local usage could be made of this land & development. Any aspects by the blogger Wanstead high st developer will be blocked with immediate effect & we must apologise if this has misdirected anyone concerned as this is not our approach or standards.
We would like to open the conversation to real practical views and how the land could be both developed and used for area as suggested by Wanstead Society which on behalf of said landowner is very keen to work with. Stowe 2 Ltd. 12/02/2013 17:37hrs
Dear ALL It has been brought to our attention all the above & other blogs & blogs by Wanstead High St Developer. Firstly for the record, we STOWE 2 LTD are the true representaives for Dalco Developements. All matters concerning any issues with the land are to be directed via us & we note comments about us which we refute totally. However, the main item for all in consideration is that we would like all local residents to discuss how many aspects including the ideas of Wanstead Society & local usage could be made of this land & development. Any aspects by the blogger Wanstead high st developer will be blocked with immediate effect & we must apologise if this has misdirected anyone concerned as this is not our approach or standards. We would like to open the conversation to real practical views and how the land could be both developed and used for area as suggested by Wanstead Society which on behalf of said landowner is very keen to work with. Stowe 2 Ltd. 12/02/2013 17:37hrs STOWE 2 LTD
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7:38pm Wed 13 Feb 13

STOWE 2 LTD says...

furthert to above, this is the reply from Redbridge council today 13/2/13 confirming our objection to WA's submission of the client's land:-
for those who cannot open drop box, the wording from Redbridge council reads as thus:- (13/02/13 letter to landowner)

Dear Mr Sanger
I write further to my colleague Brian Hoy's letter to you, as owner of the Evergreen Field, about the nomination by The Wanstead Society of the Evergreen Fiel site for inclusion on the Council's List of Assets of Community Value.
This nomination has now been considered. I would advise you that based on the information provided to me & from our own research, the nomination WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. Since the Evergreen Field has been vacant and unused for approximately 50 years, during which time the public have not had authorised access to the fenced site, the actual current main use or main in the recent past is NOT considered to meet the definition of a property asset that may be considered to be land of Community Value that furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community, required by either Section 88(1) or (2) of the Localisation Act 2011.
As a result of the statutory requirments not having been met, the Evergreen Field WILL NOT BE INCLUDED on the List of Assets of Community Value but will be included on the list of UNSUCCESSFUL Nominations.
The Wanstead Society has been advised accordingly.
Yours Sincerely
Joe Keys
Chief Property Services Officer
London Borough of Redbridge Council
furthert to above, this is the reply from Redbridge council today 13/2/13 confirming our objection to WA's submission of the client's land:- for those who cannot open drop box, the wording from Redbridge council reads as thus:- (13/02/13 letter to landowner) Dear Mr Sanger I write further to my colleague Brian Hoy's letter to you, as owner of the Evergreen Field, about the nomination by The Wanstead Society of the Evergreen Fiel site for inclusion on the Council's List of Assets of Community Value. This nomination has now been considered. I would advise you that based on the information provided to me & from our own research, the nomination WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. Since the Evergreen Field has been vacant and unused for approximately 50 years, during which time the public have not had authorised access to the fenced site, the actual current main use or main in the recent past is NOT considered to meet the definition of a property asset that may be considered to be land of Community Value that furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community, required by either Section 88(1) or (2) of the Localisation Act 2011. As a result of the statutory requirments not having been met, the Evergreen Field WILL NOT BE INCLUDED on the List of Assets of Community Value but will be included on the list of UNSUCCESSFUL Nominations. The Wanstead Society has been advised accordingly. Yours Sincerely Joe Keys Chief Property Services Officer London Borough of Redbridge Council STOWE 2 LTD
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