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New Family Homes Proposed in Ambitious Plans for Derelict Eyesore

A derelict pub, which has been the scene of fires, flytipping and squatters, could be transformed into 21 much needed family homes.

When The Pompadours on Edenhill Road in Harold Hill closed its doors for the last time 18 months ago, there was no end of speculation as to what would happen to the once popular boozer. A planning application to demolish the building and replace it with 25 flats was turned down in 2015, but a new application could see a range of two and three bedroom houses on the site.

Local property experts at Keystone Estate Agents will be watching developments as closely as anyone. Over the past five years, they have seen a steady increase in families looking to move into this up and coming area.

Changing times

There is always a tinge of sadness when a local landmark becomes earmarked for demolition, but it is an inevitable part of the regeneration that has already added a new vitality to areas along the A12 corridor around Romford, Gidea Park and Collier Row.

The truth is that The Pompadours belongs to a bygone era, and despite the efforts of staff and locals, it was no longer viable in the 21st century. Soon after the last pint was pulled in March 2016 and the windows were boarded up, travellers took up residence in its extensive car park. When they moved on, they left behind mounds of rubbish and devastation, which quickly multiplied when others started to use the site for fly tipping.

Subsequently, squatters moved into the building, and the final straw was when fire broke out, not once, but three times. Clearly, what was once a valued community asset is now a liability that attracts antisocial behaviour and poses a danger to local residents.

Development plans

The site is now owned by development company Starstone Ventures Ltd, which recently canvassed local residents and shared its plans to demolish the existing buildings, level the site and create 15 three-bedroom and six two-bedroom houses.

A major part of the proposal is that 25 percent of the new homes will be reserved for existing residents of Havering. In the event that these are not taken up by a pre-agreed date, currently proposed at January 2019, they will then be placed on the open market.

Something must be done

Opinion is divided among local residents. Many have welcomed the plans with open arms, while others hope there is still a chance that the Pompadours might be saved and reopen its doors.

One thing that the entire community is unanimous about, however, is that things cannot remain as they are. Bridgewater Road resident Michael Sathawat lives a stone’s throw from the car park and has had enough of the problems associated with the derelict site. He said: “It’s getting to the point now where it’s really having an effect on the area. There’s weeds everywhere, smashed bottles and piles of dumped furniture. It’s a horrible mess.”

The planning application is expected to be formally submitted to Havering Council before the end of November.

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