Save our shops: 369A Roman Road

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Help us stop retail space at 369A Roman Road from being turned into a residential premises by property developers. Save our shops.

Controversial planning applications on Roman Road are coming in thick and fast at the moment. We we need your help again, this time to save retail space at 369A Roman Road. With so much money to be made on housing locally, developers are doing all they can to convert shops into flats. We’re all for places for people to live but people also need places to work, shop and socialise and we exist to protect the economic viability of the Roman Road.

Help us save these shops and send a message to developers that there are no easy pickings on our Roman Road.

Please email the below (adding your name and address at the bottom) by July 22nd to and cc and

Thank you!

Roman Road Trust

 Dear planners,

I wish to OBJECT to planning application PA/14/01595 regarding 369A Roman Road

The proposal at 369A Roman Road would result in an unacceptable loss of ground floor retail floorspace of the retail unit, whilst the addition of two bin stores, one within the main retail space itself, would be unsightly and impractical, would reduce window frontage onto the Roman Road and would result in an unacceptably narrow shop unit at its entrance.

The proposal is likely to reduce the viability of these units for most retail uses and further reduce the availability of retail sites on the Roman Road East District Town Centre, which already has a lack of available shop units to let.

Furthermore, each of these proposals would, on their own, have an unacceptable detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of the designated Roman Road East District Town Centre and undermine the Council’s town centre hierarchy, contrary to the principles of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012), policy 2.15 of the London Plan (2011), policy SP01 of the Core Strategy (2010) and policy DM1 of the Managing Development Document (2013).

These policies seek to safeguard and enhance the vitality and viability of town centres by protecting and promoting commercial uses, and place town centres at the heart of local communities. In particular, policy SP01(4) seeks to maintain, focus and increase the supply of retail floorspace in Roman Road and policy DM1(7) seeks to ensure adequate servicing arrangements as well as adequate depth and width of retail units.

As a result, I urge you to REJECT these two applications.

Yours faithfully



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