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South Woodford Society
As many of you know the residents of South Woodford only have until the deadline of the 30th of September 2016 to respond with their view on The Redbridge Local Plan 2015 -2030. It will be the main planning document used , till 2030.... !!
The South Woodford Society are seriously worried about what it contains and the real impact it will have in it's present form if submitted to the Secretary Of State for examination in the winter 2016.
Many, who understand the threat we face, have asked for help in filling in the response form, in the format the council has stipulated. The council has been very clear in the fact it will disregard any responses that are not supplied in a Standard format.
Below we are suggesting three ways you can respond...
which must then be:
Or post to
Redbridge Local Plan 2015 -2030,
London Borough of Redbridge,
Freepost FLSR-JACE HSUG, Ilford IG1 1DD
or you can respond via
Once you have inserted all your personal information and clicked NEXT on the submissions page the next page can be filled in as shown - click anywhere on this green text a visual guide will open in a new window. The copy you need for each box is below in the Green tabs at the end of this paragraph. Copy A and Copy B . This can be copied and pasted from the open tabs by selecting the text copying and then pasting into the online form in appropriate section. Please read carefully and only copy and paste the text if you agree with it's content.
There will be a number of other pages after this one on the Survey with more questions. You don't need to fill these in unless you wish to, and understand them fully, simple click the "DONT KNOW" option. Then click Next which appears at the bottom of each page till you come to end of Survey and submit it.
Awaiting Further Updates and will inform you as soon as we have clarification.
Copy A - for online submission
All comments focus on South Woodford.
The plan is totally ineffective regarding the South Woodford Area, for the following
Paragraph 3.2 Designates South Woodford as an Investment and Growth Zone
South Woodford has been designated for in excess of 650 homes, however, there are
NO IMPROVEMENTS TO INFRASTRUCTURE. The area has almost no ability to
cope with the new demands associated with the proposed higher population and no
improvements to the infrastructure of the area have been proposed in the plan.
South Woodford is heavily reliant on the Central Line, which is not coping with the
current footfall as acknowledged by paragraph 1.21.4, and it is difficult to see how it’s
potential could be improved. The footfall at South Woodford station is significantly
higher than the stations along the Hainault branch where attention for further housing
growth should focus.
Paragraph 3.6.7 notes that Charlie Brown’s roundabout is a major junction and
experiences “high levels of traffic at peak times”. How can the council make
improvements to this junction when they are proposing the majority of large scale
development in this area? (site no 116,118 & 119). The plan demonstrates a lack of
consideration to road infrastructure as Chigwell Road and the High Road are
struggling to cope now.
There are no proposals for new schools in South Woodford so the 651 new homes
PLUS the “temporary” 150 units at site no 116, 120 Chigwell Road, will bring a huge
demand for school places in the local area. The school expansion schemes already in
place for Woodbridge and Nightingale Primary School are in place to cope with
current demands and the plan has not factored in future demands with the growth
proposal. The expansion at Woodbridge is unprecedented and the size of the school
will hardly be able to accommodate the higher number of pupils. The school has
sacrificed sports grounds to build new school blocks and they will have to have
staggered break times to manage the huge crowds. It seems that Redbridge Council is
taking unnecessary risks in the education of our children, in terms of having a local
school to attend and making sure the children are in a safe, nurturing and decent
learning environment with easy access to outdoor space and sports.
The plan does not provide any improvements to infrastructure areas such as doctor’s
surgeries, community and leisure services, childcare and hospitals. How will South
Woodford cope with the larger population when the plan does not outline any
improvements in these areas over the next 15 years?
The plan focuses on the infrastructure improvements at a borough level however it
means that South Woodford residents are expected to travel all across the borough to
get to schools, sports and leisure facilities, hospitals etc. We can travel (creating more
pollution, traffic and pressure on local transport) to places with better infrastructure
such as Goodmayes for swimming, the new climbing facilities in Fairlop and schools
in Ilford. This is not sustainable growth.
The only site which will potentially provide some leisure facility is a tiny car park
(site 122) which would only be able to accommodate a small scale proposal. Hardly
commensurate with the proposed population growth in South Woodford.
Paragraph 3.6.5 Key Business sites in South Woodford
Our business sites provide decent and affordable areas for business to operate
profitably and thrive. The new plan has earmarked all the business sites in South
Woodford for residential development. This is economically viable business space
which is under attack from this plan. The area has already lost a huge amount of
office and business space as freeholders convert to residential. This has done untold
damage to local resident’s ability to work locally and damaged other local businesses
who rely on a mix of customers throughout the day. Paragraph 1.17.8 refers to poor
office spaces hindering development, however, there has been no new office
development in South Woodford for many years. Profitable businesses are being
forced to relocate to facilitate the building of homes. Local people will have to travel
further distances to get to work causing additional burdens on transport and traffic as
well increasing costs such as childcare.
Paragraph 3.6.5 Landmark building on the Station Estate
Residents made it clear in a petition with nearly 2000 signatures that they did not
want tall buildings. This paragraph for a proposal of a landmark building on Station
Estate conflicts with paragraph 3.6.8 which notes that new developments must
‘respect the established residential characteristics’. Why is this document, which is
meant to be strategic, picking on the specific concept of a landmark building for
As an investment and growth area, tall buildings will also be considered in other areas
of South Woodford but proposals for these building will be addressed by local
planning briefs. Paragraph 3.6.1 states that the council will “seek to enhance local
heritage recognising (South Woodford’s) rich Victorian and Edwardian character”.
How do tower blocks fit next to this wonderful heritage?
In conclusion the maxim of the Plan is growth in a sustainable manner (para 1.4.2)
balancing: homes, job, and infrastructure (para 3.22). However, it is difficult to see
how the current plan delivers this in South Woodford.
Copy B - for online submission
1. Remove South Woodford’s designation as an Investment and Growth Zone
2. Preserve the economic vitality and viability of South Woodford business community rather than encouraging a ‘land grab’ for residential development; remove a number of business sites earmarked for development i.e. Site no’s 116, 117, 118 & 120
3. Remove reference to landmark buildings in Station Estate, South Woodford
4. Earmarked development areas like Station Estate would be perfect for specialist accommodation for the elderly, as they have less need for access to the Central Line in peak periods, this is a specific observation in the plan that such accommodation is lacking see paragraph 3.10.1. With Redbridge’s part ownership of this site, it would be the perfect location for this type of development combined maybe with a pocket park or a community facility.
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