Redbridge sets out vision for major Ilford regeneration

2 Feb

Redbridge Council has launched an exciting Manifesto for Ilford Town Centre which sets out a number of promises aimed at reclaiming the town’s place as the heart of a modern east London.

A packed audience of local businesses, organisations, partners and residents heard how Ilford Town Centre is one of London’s most exciting regeneration opportunities.

The Ilford Manifesto was developed in partnership with local people, businesses and partners and enshrines the commitments for Ilford’s future. It contains promises that will shape and guide the regeneration of the Town Centre, attract investment and increase the level of activity.

The Manifesto’s package of promises includes:

• becoming a London town again with thousands of new homes, jobs, restaurants and services – developers will continue to be encouraged to take old sites and turn them into new and exciting places
• harnessing Crossrail which will bring Ilford closer to central London than ever before and will further enhance its fast-improving status as an emerging and well-connected place to live
• making room for enterprise by opening up vacant buildings for businesses, including small and creative businesses that are being priced out of central London
• sparking an evening economy by developing a town that is exciting, safe and welcoming with more places to eat and drink, day or night
• investing in culture by turning the area around the historic Town Hall into a cultural quarter and transforming the leisure and cultural offer
• paving the way by improving the quality, look and use of the Town Centre streets, enlivened with fountains and play areas and turning little used side streets into urban oases
• drawing inspiration from our diversity by seeing the rich cultural mix reflected in the range of businesses and opportunities we will attract to Ilford

Work is already underway to deliver on the Manifesto promises with the first phase of a £15m transformation of the public realm due to start in March and plans having already been approved for the new Crossrail station which is expected to open in 2019. Beyond this, the Council has appointed specialist advisors to help develop detailed plans which will take the promises within the Manifesto and set out how they will be delivered across the Town. The Council will be seeking input from all partners over the coming months to ensure that the plans reflect local priorities and, as well as bringing forward new homes and jobs, address the historic challenges which the town faces.

Ilford’s bright future

A number of key developments are on the way for Ilford:

• Crossrail will see important journey times dramatically reduced from Ilford Station
• residents and visitors will benefit from a fully accessible, multi-million pound re-furb of Ilford station – a secondary station entrance on York Road opened in 2016
• major improvements will transform the area around Ilford station (and Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath stations) with £5 million funding from Transport for London’s Crossrail Complementary Measures Fund – we plan to invest a further £2 million to enhance these areas, funded by developer contributions
• the Ilford Housing Zone will bring more than 2,000 new homes, including approximately 600 affordable homes by 2021
• the Ilford Garden Junction scheme with £1 million from the GLA Mayor’s Air Quality Fund will create a green gateway between Redbridge and Newham