The future of this familiar Wanstead building is in the balance as planners decide if it can be redeveloped intoÂ three new houses.
The owners of the I&K Brown garage on Church Path are retiring, and the plan involves the partial demolition and redevelopment of four linked buildings on the site. Currently up to 20 cars a day are repaired at the site, but the plan says a residential use would be more in keeping with the surrounding area.
Planners are considering the application. The Wanstead Society has indicated it generally supports the application (below), though is not keen on the design. One member of the public has mentioned that there are still disused underground petrol tanks at the front of the property so there is some potential for contamination.
The planning document however says: “The surrounding area is wholly residential and so the proposed
change is compatible with the character of the locality. The new houses will contribute to
the residential character, where the existing workshop does not.”
The detailed plans and application can be inspected on the Redbridge website, under planning application number 1536/14