Shurgard hope to build the three-storey self storage unit on the vacant site off Hickman Avenue in Highams Park

Storage centre planned for derelict site

An artist impression of the proposed site from the corner of Hickman Avenue with Larkshall Road

An artist impression of the self-storage centre from a side angle

Proposed floor plan layout from an aerial view

A layout of the site from all four sides of the building

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A storage company has submitted plans to build a large warehouse at the site where a DIY superstore was badly damaged by fire more than two years ago.

Shurgard Self Storage hope to create a three-storey centre at the corner of Larkshall Road and Hickman Avenue in Highams Park.

The plot of derelict land, currently being used as a HGV driving school, formerly housed Focus DIY, which closed in 2011.

In April 2012 the disused shop was burnt to the ground.

According to the application received by Waltham Forest Council on May 2, Shurgard Self Storage and DMWR Architects Limited say the development will "improve a dilapidated site which detracts from the surrounding area, respect the design of surrounding buildings, and create a clean and contemporary new development on the site".

The site will feature the 9m high three-tiered storage centre, allocated parking with 24 hour CCTV monitoring and landscaping of mature trees.

The developer said views of the centre from Larkshall Road will be limited because of additional tree and shrub planting to accommodate the heavy hedging already in place and the building will be set back 20 metres from the main road.   

Shurgard Self Storage consider the proposals to be a "huge benefit" to the borough in terms of regeneration.   

 

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8:29am Wed 11 Jun 14

Robert19 says...

Not sure I can see where the 'huge benefit' is to the borough in terms of regeneration It is a bog standard identikit shed where people store things with a few low wage jobs included.
Not sure I can see where the 'huge benefit' is to the borough in terms of regeneration It is a bog standard identikit shed where people store things with a few low wage jobs included. Robert19
  • Score: 7

10:32am Wed 11 Jun 14

Don't Give Up says...

Whilst I understand Robert19's comments, what's the alternative, more flats?
The council will not consider a new school in spite of the shortage of school places in particular to the 2017 deadline our Fuhrer has gone on record as saying. Highams Park is crying out for a big name store to invest in the area and of course, the nearest bank is in Station Road.
Whilst I understand Robert19's comments, what's the alternative, more flats? The council will not consider a new school in spite of the shortage of school places in particular to the 2017 deadline our Fuhrer has gone on record as saying. Highams Park is crying out for a big name store to invest in the area and of course, the nearest bank is in Station Road. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

chingford lad says...

Is all the existing landscaped green space in front of the old focus site to remain? the artist impressions appear to show a lot less.
Is all the existing landscaped green space in front of the old focus site to remain? the artist impressions appear to show a lot less. chingford lad
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Techno3 says...

Another ugly box.

This business will do nothing for the regeneration of the borough. No skilled jobs will be created.
Another ugly box. This business will do nothing for the regeneration of the borough. No skilled jobs will be created. Techno3
  • Score: 1

11:33pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Robert19 says...

Don't Give Up wrote:
Whilst I understand Robert19's comments, what's the alternative, more flats?
The council will not consider a new school in spite of the shortage of school places in particular to the 2017 deadline our Fuhrer has gone on record as saying. Highams Park is crying out for a big name store to invest in the area and of course, the nearest bank is in Station Road.
Councils are not allowed to open new schools. Gove will only allow academies and free schools to do this.
[quote][p][bold]Don't Give Up[/bold] wrote: Whilst I understand Robert19's comments, what's the alternative, more flats? The council will not consider a new school in spite of the shortage of school places in particular to the 2017 deadline our Fuhrer has gone on record as saying. Highams Park is crying out for a big name store to invest in the area and of course, the nearest bank is in Station Road.[/p][/quote]Councils are not allowed to open new schools. Gove will only allow academies and free schools to do this. Robert19
  • Score: 3

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