Affinity breaks ice with landmark Romford planning consent

Posted on 27th February 2018

Affinity achieve Loacal Authority planning consent to regenerate the Former Romford Ice Rink and provide much needed affordable and sustainable housing to the area.

Robert Whitton’s Affinity Global Real Estate has received planning permission from the London Borough of Havering for a 620-home mixed use regeneration project to the south of Romford railway station.

The Shepherd Robson designed scheme will take the currently unused former Ice Rink site and transform it into a new sustainable residential community, encompassing landscaped public realms, cycle lanes, pedestrian routes and a series of green spaces throughout the scheme.

In addition to the mix of build to rent, market and affordable units; the 11 block scheme of 1 to 4 bed apartments will also include a local supermarket, a gym, a café and a doctors surgery to enhance the community offering.

Robert Whitton, CEO of Affinity Global Real Estate, said: “The 7 acre site was opened in 1987 as the Arena Ice Rink but, by April 2013, it had closed and the site was derelict and became a wasteland in the centre of the town. With huge pressure on London’s councils to create new homes, such a large sustainable site so close to excellent Public transport infrastructure was crying out for a regeneration specialist to optimise its usage.”

Robert Whitton continued: “We acquired the site after the original developers decided not to continue with their original plans to build a huge supermarket and some houses which we felt needed a significant revision in light of the emerging Local and London Plan. Our new plan to create 620 new homes, equates to just under half of the local Borough Council’s annual housing target and demonstrate our ability to create attractive, sustainable and quality urban housing.

“It’s important to me that Affinity leaves local communities a legacy I can be proud of. In Romford, we’ll achieve that by using our regeneration expertise to revitalise the area and contribute toward the significant housing shortage at the same time.”

Romford is the principal town in the London Borough of Havering a historic market town. It’s identified as a Metropolitan Centre in the London Plan and in late 2018, Crossrail will stop here, which will enhance connections with Central London enabling Romford to realise its potential as a commuter town as well as connecting it to other neighbouring centres and London’s airports.

This story was also covered by Romford’s local paper, The Romford Recorder and planning specialist magazine, Planning Resource.