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Hainault will be a concrete jungle if 90 homes are built say campaigners

Proposed Brocket Way Housing Development

 

A group of campaigners say they are worried building 90 temporary homes in two parks in Hainault will turn the area into a concrete jungle.

The plan is to build them on parks in Manford Way and Brocket Way.

Redbridge Council says it is trying to tackle the “devastating human impact” of homelessness but campaigners says they would prefer the homes to be built on brownfield sites.

Sam Chapman who is 21-years-old says: “What’s stopping them from building on every bit of green? When will it stop?”

“I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t want to help the homeless, but let’s do it on a Brownfield site. Let’s do it on a site closer to the town hall rather than on the edge of the borough where they’ll have to travel further. Some of them are going to be vulnerable and they’ll need the services at the town hall.”

“I shouldn’t have to destroy my parks to prove I want to help the homeless.”

Redbridge Council says the land is not protected and nearly 350 residents near both the site were informed about the plans.

A spokesperson for the council also said: “To ensure the availability of safe, secure and suitable accommodation for those caught in the housing crisis we are proposing to build family accommodation at Brocket Way and Woodman Road on land designated for housing in our Local Plan. These modular builds provide immediate and long-term accommodation for families who would otherwise find themselves in hostels or bed and breakfast, often outside the borough.”

“A meeting was held on 19 December 2018 with three further planned on 17, 19 and 22 January 2019 to discuss and answer questions on the plans. Building this much-needed accommodation is subject to a rigorous planning process which also includes lengthy public consultation.”

 If agreed the plans are agreed work will begin in April 2019 and conclude in December 2019.

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