A Poundstretcher in Romford is set to be filled with a new shop selling furniture, appliances, home goods and building materials.

A planning application sent to Havering Council on April 16 sought approval to put up signs for a new Habitat for Humanity reuse store at 12-16 High Street.

The site was previously occupied by Poundstretcher that had announced a closing down sale in November last year.

Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organisation that fights poverty and homelessness and campaigns for better homes for people.

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Its website says that its chain of reuse stores, known as ReStores, are independently owned shops operated by a local branch. These outlets accept donations and sell goods “at a fraction of the retail price”, it says.

The aim, the website adds, is to help divert reusable household items and building materials from going into landfills.

The proceeds are said to be used by the charity to partner with families to build and repair 'affordable' homes in the community.

A decision on the signage application is expected to be made by June 12.

The Recorder has contacted Habitat for Humanity for more details about the Romford store.