In light of a number of messages I have received on this subject I feel it is necessary to provide the following statement:
I would like to start by highlighting that planning issues are the responsibility of local government, not Members of Parliament. All decisions on this application will be taken by the 63 Councillors of the London Borough of Redbridge. As the local Member of Parliament, I have no say at all in this decision.
However, in view of the concerns expressed by some constituents, I have taken an interest in this proposal. I have visited the exhibition at the public consultation held recently. I noted that this large planned development makes better use of the current Tesco car park and includes a new school, a possible doctor’s surgery and other community facilities, as well as 1,300 much needed high-quality homes for purchase, for part-ownership and for rent. I hope you would agree that we have a desperate shortage of homes in Redbridge. I have been told that 35% of these homes will be “affordable”.
There are of course concerns expressed by some existing residents about increased traffic and population growth. But the location of this development is close to Goodmayes station which means that many residents will be able to travel in work in London by Crossrail and other trains.
I understand that the final full planning application has not yet been submitted to Redbridge Council by the developer, Weston Homes. I can assure you that I will continue to take an interest in this matter. I must reiterate that that the decision on the planning application will be a matter for Redbridge Council, not for me.