Mayor hits out at ‘ridiculous’ Boleyn housing plans
Sir Robin Wales has condemned the lack of “affordable” housing planned for the Boleyn Ground.
Of the 838 apartments being built, none will be social housing.
“This initial offer from Galliard Homes is insulting,” he said. “The developers need to drastically rethink this ridiculous offer and ensure it offers a good mixture of tenures including social, affordable and intermediate rents.”
In 2013, the developer printed an advertisement celebrating the lack of social housing at its Capital Towers development in Stratford, but insists current plans reflect local wishes.
“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.
The plans have also been criticised by activist group Friends of Queen’s Market for proposing 332 car parking spaces at a site expecting more than 2,000 residents.
But Galliard Homes says it will aim to reduce reliance on private motor vehicles and encourage sustainable transport.
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“A comprehensive travel plan outlines objectives to promote sustainable travel,” said a spokesman from Four Communications, representing the firm. “This includes measures to discourage car ownership.”
East Ham’s Green Party candidate, Tamsin Omond, is not convinced.
“It is more realistic they will have cars and will find spaces to park outside the Boleyn Ground, creating matchday traffic every day of the year,” she said.