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Campaigners condemn lack of social housing in Boleyn Ground plans

PUBLISHED: 15:28 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 29 January 2015

West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park awaits development as the club is set for Stratford move

West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park awaits development as the club is set for Stratford move

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Campaigners have condemned plans for the Boleyn stadium, accusing them of "completely leaving out local people".

Galliard Homes submitted plans on November 28 last year to build 838 private homes on the site.

“They have submitted plans which don’t have any mention of the social housing needed in the area,” says Saif Osmani, coordinator at Friends of Queen’s Market.

He argues the proposals are stealing opportunities from locals, by pushing for a project too pricey for the community.

But the firm insists that locals have been involved every step of the way.

“Our plans for the future of Boleyn Ground follow a year of work and consultation with the local community, businesses, councillors and West Ham fans,” a spokesman said. “As well as new homes, we got a clear message people wanted new community facilities that will serve the whole area, new green spaces and routes through the site.”

The plans include a base for the Green Street library once its lease expires, a creche, a community hall and a teacher training facility.

Galliard Homes says it faced concerns the development would include a supermarket and says it ruled that out in response.

Newham Council is inviting comments on the plans while they are under consultation until February 13.

It has sent more than 7,000 notices to surrounding properties and put up 29 site notices.

The proposals can be viewed at Green Street Library or on the council website.

Galliard Homes is exhibiting the plans on February 3 from 2pm-8pm in the community hall behind Our Lady of Compassion Roman Catholic Church on Green Street.

The group caused controversy in 2013 with an advertisement boasting an absence of social housing at the Capital Towers development in Stratford.

Saif believes such projects left Stratford “lifeless” and “soulless” and fears the same fate awaits the area surrounding the West Ham United’s iconic home.

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