Plans have been approved to transform two high street buildings into 19 flats and three retail units. Havering Council granted planning permission last week for the project in Romford to take place on the two-storey building situated on 66-68 South Street, transforming the space into 19 residential flats and three retail units (May 12).
The existing building consists of a closed down Santander branch and a 99p store that has already been relocated. The agreed plan means the existing building will be demolished and turned into a four-storey building with homes and other retailers.
The project is predicted to cost between £2 and £100 million with the entire development expected to be done by July 2022. The building will consist of 19 apartments, comprising four one-bed properties, eight two-bed residencies and seven three-bed flats.
But it is unknown what the new retail units will become and if the 99p store will return there. Even though the council has green-lighted the project, there is a list of conditions that the applicant must comply with.
No construction or demolition work can start on the site until further documents are submitted and approved by the council. The building cannot be occupied or used until a range of facilities are provided, such as refuse and recycling facilities as well as cycle storage.
Once the development is complete, the retail space can only operate between 8am and 11pm on Monday to Fridays, from 8am to 11.30 pm on a Saturday, and 9am and 10pm on Sundays, bank or public holidays. In addition, the ground retail space cannot be used as a creche, day centre, or industrial unit. This is because the location is considered “unacceptable” due to poor and unsuitable conditions, while it could have an “adverse effect” on safety and free-flowing traffic.