Lincolns pub to be demolished to make way for flats?

The Lincolns site is in the process of being bought by CBHA, a housing association. FARA chair Flash met with Freya Johnstone from CBHA to find out more.

The site is still owned by Trust Inns at present but CBHA expect to complete the sale soon. Their current plans include:

  • Demolishing the existing building
  • Creating a new building, which will be level with the back and front of the neighbouring block, and the same height (4 storeys)
  • This new building will contain 3 flats on each floor, and the top two floors would be shared ownership with the bottom two being social housing rentals
  • There would also be two houses along the side in Davies Lane, similar in size to the existing terraced houses

FARA expressed concerns about amenity space, the lack of parking space, loss of the historic frontage of Lincolns (historically known as The Elms), and the number of people which would be accommodated. CBHA had considered each of these issues, although their plans do include loss of the historic frontage. We then had a site visit and looked at issues like the niche behind Lincolns on Pastures Path which attracts anti-social behaviour, so this could be designed out.

It was a productive initial meeting in which we could establish a dialogue and find out the early stages of CBHA’s plans. In due course, CBHA will complete the purchase of the Lincolns site and put in a formal planning application – at that point FARA will take an official view on the plans, and of course keep you posted!

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New Council policies out for consultation – have your say

The Council is consulting residents on a new Core Strategy Document. This provides the strategic vision, objectives and policies for the Borough up to 2026. It covers key topics such as housing, transport, education, climate change, job creation, health… all the things we care about in fact! You can participate in the consultation online here.

There is also a new set of planning policies covering issues such alterations and extensions, how much amenity space/garden each new home should have, etc. Participate in this consultation here.

For both consultations the deadline for responses is 5pm on 28 February. You’ll need to register and login to leave your comments.

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Wanstead Park regeneration plans

Spotted in the local press: plans are afoot to improve Wanstead Park and notably to restore the ‘Grotto’ which has been fenced off for some years.

Read the full story in the Waltham Forest Guardian.

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High Road Improvements Consultation

The Council has obtained £2 million from Transport for London to invest in making Leytonstone High Road a safer and more attractive area. They have published a plan of proposed improvements, some of which are covered by the available funding so can definitely go ahead in 2011 and 2012, others are things they would like to improve if they get further funding, so all are being consulted on at once.

View the plan on the Council website – please note it’s a big file so may take a little while to open up.

You can also see the plans at either Leytonstone Library or Harrow Green Library until 17 December.

Some local residents living near the High Road will get the consultation details automatically. The rest of us are still entitled to participate, so we encourage everyone to send in their comments by 17 December by email.

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Tyreworld has closed

You may recall our concern about Tyreworld, a tyre and exhaust fitting centre in the parade of shops on the High Road between Davies Lane and Ferndale Road. FARA objected to their retrospective planning application, on the grounds that cars were crossing the pavement and creating a danger for pedestrians.

Although we understood they had launched an appeal, Tyreworld appears to have closed down this week; the shop is empty and their sign has been removed. Let’s hope the premises is soon occupied – but this time by a retail outlet.

Tyre World retrospective planning application refused

Tyre World’s application to retain the ground floor of 544-546 High Road Leytonstone as a tyre sales and fitting centre has been refused.

Grounds for refusal were:

1. The proposed retention of tyre sales fitting centre would result in unacceptable conflicts of vehicle and pedestrian movements for uses of the site including public foot path and bus stop. The development would be likely to create a danger for pedestrians and road users and affect the free flow of traffic contrary to Policies BHE4 and TSP4 of the adopted Waltham Forest Unitary Development Plan (2006).

2. The use of the premises for tyre fitting will have a detrimental impact on the occupiers of the upper floors flats and neighbouring business by reason of general activity, noise and congestion. The proposal is contrary to Policies BHE3 and BHE4
of the adopted Waltham Forest Unitary Development Plan (2006).

This is good news for residents who have been campaigning against the unauthorised change of use by Tyre World, but of course they have the right to appeal this decision, so we will have to wait and see whether they do this.

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Tyre World – Planning Application

Tyre World at 544-546 High Road have put in a planning application.

Their premises used to be the Age Concern shop, and currently they are trading without permission, as the shop only has planning permission for retail use (Class A1). They are applying to change it to Light Industrial.

We do not believe this is appropriate – there have already been many near-accidents as cars cross the pavement into Tyre World. All other properties in the parade between Davies Lane and Ferndale Road are cafes, restaurants or shops.

If you wish to comment or object to the plans you should write to Planning Department, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, London E17 4JF.

Letters must be in by 8 April.

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534 High Road: planning appeal

A planning appeal regarding the application to develop 534 High Road E11 (at the end of Ferndale Road) will be held at the Town Hall in Walthamstow at 10am on Tuesday 24 February. The Council refused the owners’ application to retain the  ground floor shop and 2 flats above, and to erect a ground and first-floor rear extension to form 2 further flats.

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New planning laws come into force

New planning laws took effect on 1 October 2008. These allow for certain types of extensions, loft conversions etc to take place without the need for planning permission. However it isn’t a free-for-all as there are strict limits on what you can do under this new scheme. For example if you are extending to within 2 metres of your property boundary, the maximum eaves height (from the ground to the bottom of the roof) is 3 metres. The maximum depth of a rear extension is 3 metres. These and many other rules mean that planning permission will still be required for many projects in our area where most homes are terraced houses. Most building work will still need to pass building regulations too. To find out more visit the Government’s planning portal which has lots of useful guidance.

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Flat conversions banned

New Council planning guidelines have banned conversions of houses into flats in eight wards including Cann Hall and Leytonstone. Also more investment has gone into the planning enforcement team, meaning it is better placed to tackle rogue developers.

Read the full story in the Waltham Forest Guardian

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