Bali Singh-Digpaul wants to to create a new shopping arcade in Wanstead.

Bali Singh-Digpaul at the site for his proposed shopping arcade

Bali Singh-Digpaul at the site for his proposed shopping arcade

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A property developer has had no response from the Redbridge council on a pending planning application despite sending the authority over 60 emails and letters, it is claimed.

Bali Singh-Digpaul submitted a controversial application in September for a three-storey shopping arcade and neighbouring flats in High Street, Wanstead.

The application has faced opposition from community group the Wanstead Society, as well as various residents who claim Mr Singh-Digpaul plans are not sympathetic with the area.

Mr Singh-Digpaul was due to receive a decision two months ago, but has now been told the application could go to the Planning Inspectorate for a final decision, which could take up to another three months.

Mr Singh-Digpaul believes delays such as these will put off other developers.

He said: “Other people are going to be put off applying for planning permission if it takes this long to get any kind of response.

“My proposal is a non-starter at the moment and the delay has cost me greatly.”

The Guardian is awaiting comment from the council.

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4:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Welcome to the real world Mr Bali. Have you not got the message yet? I think your development is in a conservation area and Redbridge is a bit more circumspect than Waltham Forest who seem to have allowed all kinds of monstrosities to be built, often their own as well! From previous articles you seem to be wanting to vastly change what is an unspoilt street scene with some modern shop which will be entirely out of keeping. Orford Road in E17 for many years was entirely neglected and run down as were many of the houses in the village,together with treasures like the Granada Cinema (still subject to a battle for change into a church) pubs were closed down , dog track shut, which was a massive loss and now only recently has the council realised the potential of the area and the area is thriving, riff raff moving out to be replace with wealthy middle class yuppies thereby making the house prices rocket. I think redbridge do not want to make the same mistake. My little knowledge of planning law though leads me to understand that the council have a time scale in which to act within and if they do not you have to apply for a decision from the official planning inspector. I do not think redbridge are as soft a toUch as Waltham Forest though but good luck.
Welcome to the real world Mr Bali. Have you not got the message yet? I think your development is in a conservation area and Redbridge is a bit more circumspect than Waltham Forest who seem to have allowed all kinds of monstrosities to be built, often their own as well! From previous articles you seem to be wanting to vastly change what is an unspoilt street scene with some modern shop which will be entirely out of keeping. Orford Road in E17 for many years was entirely neglected and run down as were many of the houses in the village,together with treasures like the Granada Cinema (still subject to a battle for change into a church) pubs were closed down , dog track shut, which was a massive loss and now only recently has the council realised the potential of the area and the area is thriving, riff raff moving out to be replace with wealthy middle class yuppies thereby making the house prices rocket. I think redbridge do not want to make the same mistake. My little knowledge of planning law though leads me to understand that the council have a time scale in which to act within and if they do not you have to apply for a decision from the official planning inspector. I do not think redbridge are as soft a toUch as Waltham Forest though but good luck. Villagecranberry
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