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Sainsbury’s submits plans to build over 800 homes in Ilford

The supermarket was first opened in Ilford in 1985 (Credit: Google)

Sainsbury’s is planning to demolish its supermarket in Ilford so that it can build more than 800 new homes in the area. 

The supermarket chain wants to construct five new tower blocks, ranging from 16 to 36 storeys high, on its site in Roden Street. They will contain 847 residential homes and 447 student rooms.

It is working on the “Chapel Project” with developer Telford Homes and they have now submitted a planning application to Redbridge Council. 

Seven new buildings will be developed on the site (Credit: HTA Design LLP)

“Chapel Place is a predominantly build-to-rent development, which means that the homes are built specifically for renters and are all owned and managed by one landlord,” reads a statement on the project’s website. 

“Build-to-rent is a relatively new type of housing offer, created to tackle many of the problems that renters face by offering secure yet flexible tenures, ensuring properties are well-managed and maintained, and with no hidden fees.”

The developers are planning to create a new park in the area, which will have play space for children, public art and community allotments. 

They said it will be well-lit and overlooked from all sides to help keep people safe and prevent anti-social behaviour. 

An artists impression of an entry point to the site (Credit: HTA Design LLP)

There is also going to be around 3438 sqm of commercial floorspace for shops and restaurants, including a new Sainsbury’s Local store.

“The scheme will provide a substantial amount of flexible floor space at ground floor, designed to enhance Ilford’s reputation as a town centre destination where people come to live, work and to dwell,” said a statement on the project’s website. 

“Our proposals will also create new employment and training opportunities for local people during construction and when the site becomes operational.”

An artists impression of an entry point to the site (Credit: HTA Design LLP)

Redbridge Council previously approved plans to build over 600 homes on the site in 2018. Only four per cent of the properties would have been affordable under that scheme whereas 35 per cent will be affordable under the new proposals. 

More information about the site can be found online here.

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