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The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

RED­BRIDGE COUN­CIL has re­jected the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for Jewish Care’s pro­posed £22 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of its lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre, cit­ing con­cerns over green belt devel­op­ment and loss of sports fa­cil­i­ties.

“This is ob­vi­ously a set­back,” said Ian Grimes, Jewish Care’s prop­erty di­rec­tor. “How­ever, we are de­ter­mined to find a way to work with the coun­cil to ad­dress their con­cerns — and to sub­mit a re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion.”

It was not the first time a Jewish Care plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion had been re­jected at first sub­mis­sion. “The good news is that in the past, we have man­aged to gain con­sent when plans were re­sub­mit­ted. We re­main 100 per cent com­mit­ted to this devel­op­ment.”

The char­ity points out that devel­op­ment on green belt land is per­mit­ted where spe­cial cir­cum­stances are demon­strated. “These could in­clude hous­ing and or so­cial care needs. We will be un­der­tak­ing fur­ther work to prove to Red­bridge the de­mand for cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive hous­ing and so­cial care ser­vices in the bor­ough.”

A meet­ing with se­nior Red­bridge plan­ners has been re­quested.

Build­ing work had been due to start in March 2018 and it is an­tic­i­pated that the plan­ning set­back will mean a de­lay of at least six months.

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