Plans for a six-storey block of flats have been thrown out.

Developer MAKE 18 had applied for its designs for 142-146 High Road, South Woodford in Churchfields ward to be approved, but was denied by Redbridge Council at a planning committee meeting last night.

Back in May, the authority granted a different developer permission to build a five-storey block of flats on the site, which would have included higher levels of affordable housing, but councillors voted down plans for an extra floor on the building and fewer affordable homes.

The six-storey block would have included 13 one-bedroom flats and 15 two-bedroom flats, three of which would have had wheelchair access and ten per cent of which would have been affordable housing.

Now, with permission for a five-storey block still place, the number of bedrooms is set to reduce back to the original plan for 13 one-bedroom flats and 13 two-bedroom flats.

This time last week, the new application had wracked up 54 formal notices of objection as well as an online petition that had gathered more than 1,700 signatures against the plans.

The proposed site is close to Grade II listed buildings, including St Mary the Virgin’s Church and the Parish Memorial Hall.

The Special Area of Conservation in Epping Forest is also within 7km of the planned site, which caused a number of objections.

During the meeting, Cllr Michael Duffell, of South Woodford ward, spoke against the plan.

He said: "I'm sick and tired of developers bringing proposals which miss our affordable housing targets by so much. Our target is 35 per cent, it is frankly insulting for this developer to bring 11 per cent - which is only three homes.

"If we keep undershooting our targets, which were only decided this year, we will never hit the 35 per cent needed for the borough.

"The borough deserves better and I urge other members of the committee to vote this down."

Cllr Stephen Adams, of Churchfields ward, also spoke against the plans.

He said: “The proposed alterations included the reduction of affordable housing provision from 50 per cent to 11 per cent, reduced refuse storage and dubious car lift, amongst other things.

“I am pleased that the committee took note of multiple concerns, recognising developer greed, and voting down the application. We will continue to fight for appropriate and sustainable development for our area.”