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A bid to convert the former Jolliffe builder’s office and surrounding land into an arcade with shops, restaurants, artists’ space and flats has been referred to the secretary of state.
The developer, Bali Singh-Digpaul, who owns the sushi bar Sumo Fresh, has appealed to Eric Pickles as secretary of state because Redbridge Council has not determined his application within a time limit.
As we reported in October, planning officials were adamant that the plan should not be approved, saying the plan was “cliched”, a “poor development” which would “harm …the Wanstead Village Conservation Area”.
But Mr Singh-Digpaul said he had based the design on the art deco Shrubbery in Grosvenor Road, and told the Wanstead Guardian: “Iâ€™m talking about bringing in local businesses, not driving out current ones. Iâ€™m talking to a fishmonger, an artisan bakery and various businesses to take over affordable spaces.”