Bid to open new gym in Highams Park rejected

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A DEVELOPER has been refused permission to turn a commercial garage into a members-only gym.


Damian Murray, of Bob Bennett Town Planning, applied to open the new facility in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park.


But council officers rejected the bid under delegated powers.


They said the plans would have a negative effect on parking in the area and would reduce amenities in the neighbourhood contrary to council policy.

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5:34pm Wed 28 Nov 12

walthamforesttruthwillout says...

"But council officers rejected the bid under delegated powers.

They said the plans would have a negative effect on parking in the area and would reduce amenities in the neighbourhood contrary to council policy."

Just across the river Ching (a matter of a few metres from Highams Park) Waltham Forest's Labour Party have given permission to L&Q to develop the former Walthamstow Dog track with NO social housing for rent and a leisure centre!!!

Pot, kettle & black!!!
"But council officers rejected the bid under delegated powers. They said the plans would have a negative effect on parking in the area and would reduce amenities in the neighbourhood contrary to council policy." Just across the river Ching (a matter of a few metres from Highams Park) Waltham Forest's Labour Party have given permission to L&Q to develop the former Walthamstow Dog track with NO social housing for rent and a leisure centre!!! Pot, kettle & black!!! walthamforesttruthwillout
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6:37pm Wed 28 Nov 12

SpursSupporter1 says...

The developer mustnt have put anuf money in the brown envelope to the planning committee
The developer mustnt have put anuf money in the brown envelope to the planning committee SpursSupporter1
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8:54am Thu 29 Nov 12

myopinioncounts says...

There are enough 'gyms' in this borough. You only have to look at their attempts to attract new members to realise that they are not oversubscribed.
There are enough 'gyms' in this borough. You only have to look at their attempts to attract new members to realise that they are not oversubscribed. myopinioncounts
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9:49am Thu 29 Nov 12

driftingcowboy says...

Meanwhile,by way of highlighting the juxtaposition - the story above this one tells us that a pub has been granted permission to build an extension.
Meanwhile,by way of highlighting the juxtaposition - the story above this one tells us that a pub has been granted permission to build an extension. driftingcowboy
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1:41pm Thu 29 Nov 12

mdj says...

Bob Bennett, Bob Bennett....;

can anyone recall the name of this council's chief planning officer in the early nineties, who was sacked (almost unheard-of in this borough), when £100,000 of EEC regeneration funding could not be accounted for?
Surely a coincidence.
Bob Bennett, Bob Bennett....; can anyone recall the name of this council's chief planning officer in the early nineties, who was sacked (almost unheard-of in this borough), when £100,000 of EEC regeneration funding could not be accounted for? Surely a coincidence. mdj
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