Permission has been granted by Waltham Forest Council to turn a garage site in Walthamstow into a four-storey building

Decision made at Waltham Forest Town Hall tonight

Decision made at Waltham Forest Town Hall tonight

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Planning permission has been given to turn a garage site into a block of flats despite objection from neighbouring residents.

Eight ‘affordable’ homes will be built on land Evesham Avenue in Walthamstow after it was agreed by the council’s planning committee this evening.

Three residents came to represent a number of people living in neighbouring properties on Aveling Park Road at the Town Hall.

They highlighted concerns that the building was a whole storey higher than all other surrounding buildings, besides one.

Beth Clark said that her home would suffer from security risks and increased parking problems.

She said: “I believe that the current proposals will have a negative impact on the area. It is six meters from the neighbouring property, it is too close.

“The rear wall of the garages forms the boundary of our property.

“There are three parking spaces for eight homes which is not sufficient.”

However the committee sided with the developers.

Councillor Jenny Gray said that she saw “no reason” to object.

She said: “We are in desperate need for homes in the borough. The issue of over-looking has been taken on board by the applicant, it seems to me like there is no problem with the design.”

Councillor Alan Siggers said that he understood objections from residents and that the development was too high.

Permission was granted with four votes in favour to two against.
 

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10:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

They are so keen to be ticking boxes to get the number of homes built and will bend the rules to suit.

Why do you need parking spaces when you do not need a vehicle, transport is being supplied for the plebs.

Tonight's news has the main arterial road out of north London being pedestrianised with buses and bikes only. I want to get off, but the world keeps turning.
They are so keen to be ticking boxes to get the number of homes built and will bend the rules to suit. Why do you need parking spaces when you do not need a vehicle, transport is being supplied for the plebs. Tonight's news has the main arterial road out of north London being pedestrianised with buses and bikes only. I want to get off, but the world keeps turning. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 2

10:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

RayJay says...

I would like to know how this planning application was communicated to local residence.
I read the free LBWF news which, allegedly, is funded by the council due to this type of public notice, and yet I am surprised that I, and it would appear, others who live in this area missed this public notice.
I also question the morality if not the legality of how property developers have now taken ownership of what used to be publicly owned (council) garage space.
Not surprised this news comes out after council elections as it may have been decisive information to voters in Chapel End ward.
I would like to know how this planning application was communicated to local residence. I read the free LBWF news which, allegedly, is funded by the council due to this type of public notice, and yet I am surprised that I, and it would appear, others who live in this area missed this public notice. I also question the morality if not the legality of how property developers have now taken ownership of what used to be publicly owned (council) garage space. Not surprised this news comes out after council elections as it may have been decisive information to voters in Chapel End ward. RayJay
  • Score: 11

11:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

James O'Rourke says...

"Eight ‘affordable’ homes will be built" - which will in time become part of the portfolio of an unscrupulous private landlord renting out at an exorbitant rent.
Have Labour given up on social rent?
How does affordable housing reduce the boroughs massive housing waiting list?
"Eight ‘affordable’ homes will be built" - which will in time become part of the portfolio of an unscrupulous private landlord renting out at an exorbitant rent. Have Labour given up on social rent? How does affordable housing reduce the boroughs massive housing waiting list? James O'Rourke
  • Score: 10

1:25am Wed 4 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

RayJay wrote:
I would like to know how this planning application was communicated to local residence.
I read the free LBWF news which, allegedly, is funded by the council due to this type of public notice, and yet I am surprised that I, and it would appear, others who live in this area missed this public notice.
I also question the morality if not the legality of how property developers have now taken ownership of what used to be publicly owned (council) garage space.
Not surprised this news comes out after council elections as it may have been decisive information to voters in Chapel End ward.
Good point, however, if you suspect wrong doing, make an official complaint, if you are still unhappy with the response from the council, take it further to. The Ombudsmen. Write to your MP as well.
[quote][p][bold]RayJay[/bold] wrote: I would like to know how this planning application was communicated to local residence. I read the free LBWF news which, allegedly, is funded by the council due to this type of public notice, and yet I am surprised that I, and it would appear, others who live in this area missed this public notice. I also question the morality if not the legality of how property developers have now taken ownership of what used to be publicly owned (council) garage space. Not surprised this news comes out after council elections as it may have been decisive information to voters in Chapel End ward.[/p][/quote]Good point, however, if you suspect wrong doing, make an official complaint, if you are still unhappy with the response from the council, take it further to. The Ombudsmen. Write to your MP as well. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

10:26am Wed 4 Jun 14

bigcrackers says...

Yet again the council sides with developers rather than residents.

Have developers got the planning committee in their pocket?
Yet again the council sides with developers rather than residents. Have developers got the planning committee in their pocket? bigcrackers
  • Score: 8

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