An artists impression of what the area might look like (Credit: Redbridge Council)
The aim is to redefine the arrival into Ilford by improving the area between Ilford Hill Flyover and Ilford Station.
A garden quarter will be established with pedestrianised town squares, walking and cycling routes, and an array of trees and shrubs to help improve air quality.
Up to 900 new homes are also going to be built in the area and 800sqm of commercial and community spaces have also been set aside for local shops, restaurants, and community groups.
“What’s essential is that we recreate a neighbourhood experience accessible to cyclists and pedestrians and provides a seamless connection to the rest of Ilford Town Centre,” said the leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal.
“The Ilford Western Gateway will make the town centre greener and much more accessible, whether by foot, cycle, or via Crossrail. It will also create up to 2,000 jobs by constructing new homes, and flexible community and commercial spaces at ground level and better links with heritage buildings in the area.”
The Ilford Western Gateway will herald the redevelopment of the existing Ilford gyratory system to reduce pollution and provide more accessible routes into the town centre.
It will also look to capitalise on the arrival of Crossrail’s Elizabeth line and is a key part of the local council’s overall regeneration programme for Ilford.
Other plans have already seen significant street improvements and Ilford High Road’s transformation into a more modern town centre.
Construction of a sustainable covered food market is also underway. The Mercato Metropolitano will be developed in the new cultural quarter where Space artist studios and gallery opened.
Cabinet Members of the local council have approved recommendations to begin consulting on a spatial framework.
They also approved the recommendation to appoint a joint developer partner with a strong background in urban placemaking and management. The successful bidder will have a role in the long-term management of new homes.
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