Property development company Telford Homes has received unanimous revised resolution to grant planning consent for the 4.82-acre Sainsbury’s site in Ilford. Following the original resolution to grant in December 2022, the Chapel Place scheme has been adjusted to respond to emerging revised fire safety guidance. This required five of the proposed seven buildings on-site to be redesigned with a secondary means of escape.
The planning committee voted unanimously in favour of Telford Homes’ proposals for Chapel Place, which will deliver over 1,000 new homes in a mix of PBSA, Build to Rent and affordable housing. The scale of the site offers the opportunity for high quality sustainable placemaking, with the space to deliver substantial amenities.
Situated within a new landscaped public realm with a new public park at the heart of the development, Chapel Place will also be supported by new flexible commercial spaces and a new Sainsbury’s store purpose-built to meet the needs of the new and existing communities.
Chapel Place will celebrate its heritage through the curation of characterful public spaces and the implementation of a comprehensive public arts strategy. The development will provide 6,895 sqm of public realm, which will include a new park space and 3,668 sqm of play space for children.
The Chapel Place project was a successful pilot as part of the London Borough of Redbridge’s UNICEF Child Friendly Scheme. UNICEF and the London Borough of Redbridge have made a series of pledges that focus on the rights and welfare of children, to launch Redbridge’s journey to becoming internationally recognised as child friendly.
“We are delighted to have received a unanimous revised resolution to grant planning consent for the Chapel Place development in Ilford. The site has been allocated for mixed-use development in the Redbridge Local Plan, which sets out the Council’s aim to deliver over 17,250 new homes, 5,000 jobs and vital community infrastructure across the borough. Chapel Place allows us to deliver a mixed tenure of quality housing and commercial space in response to the needs of the area, whilst significantly improving the public realm. We believe this opportunity has all the characteristics to enable Telford Homes to deliver a best-in-class product in Ilford and to deliver on our commitment to building sustainable communities.”Anne Kavanagh, Chief Executive Officer, Telford Homes
Ambitious regeneration plans are underway across the wider Ilford area, helped by the opening of Crossrail in 2022. The site is located within a three-minute walk of Ilford Station, providing direct links to key interchanges at Stratford and Liverpool Street. The addition of Crossrail offers quick and frequent services into Central London. This improved connectivity will attract new residents to the relative affordability of Ilford compared to other parts of London.