Flats plan for neglected land in Wanstead

A developer is hoping to build 24 flats on a neglected piece of land bordering Wanstead’s Christchurch Green.

The proposed building on Evergreen Field would house a nursery on the ground floor, three floors flats above and give over half of the plot’s land to the neighbouring green.

Caerus Developments has suggested the chunk of land not earmarked for construction could become parkland, allotments or a pond with a nature trail.

Development executive Tom Elder told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the public have given “good feedback” so far but the deadline for the consultation has been extended to Monday, August 15.

He added: “We would hope that we would enhance the conservation area and are taking on board feedback.”

According to the consultation website, the nursery will bring 40 jobs to the area, as well as a public-use children’s playground.

The flats, 35 per cent of which will be “affordable”, will be divided into nine one-bed, eleven two-bed and four three-bed.

Aside from car parking spaces for disabled residents, the block will only have bike spaces.

The land, which sits at one corner of Wanstead’s Christchurch Green, has long been fenced off and overgrown.

In 2013, previous owner Dalco Developments, who hoped to build flats and shops on the site, suggested it would sell to a mystery Middle Eastern buyer who wished to build a large mosque on the site if the flats did not win planning permission.

Caerus Developments’ proposals can be viewed and commented on at www.wansteadhighstreetconsultation.com

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Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter