Five-storey surprise

Image from WeDrawPlans, via Redbridge Planning application 0735/23

Residents in Highstone Avenue, off Cambridge Park, have been somewhat surprised by a planning application for a five story block of flats on their road.

The block would have nine flats, consisting of two one-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom and two three-bedroom.

One resident told Wansteadium: “It looks to be enormous on the plot , and it will be much taller than anything around it. It would have windows and balconies over-looking houses opposite and the care home beside it.

“Most residents aren’t against some building on the plot, but this is out of character and too tall not to cause problems. There seem to be very few 5+ storey buildings in Wanstead, and surely not so close to smaller housing.”

The application, numbered 0735/23 on the Redbridge planning portal, includes a statement saying there is no risk of privacy for other properties, thanks in part to “a large screening of trees”, though the resident pointed out that this would only apply when the trees are in leaf.

The application also contains several references to Newham, including that the site is “adjacent to Barking Road Recreation Ground”.

The application is open to comments now, with an application target date of 1 January.

4 thoughts on “Five-storey surprise”

  1. The existing building looked good – I couldn’t see a reason for demolition. It could be preserved, which would be more environmentally friendly.

  2. If the council is legit , they will not get permission looking into everyone’s gardens . But if councillors are on an incentive from the developer then ifs a goer .

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