Waltham Forest Council is holding a consultation event on Tuesday 27 August between 5 and 8pm at the Perky Blenders café in The Magistrates building on the Town Hall Campus. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss phase one of proposals to transform the site. In addition to the refurbishment of the Town Hall itself, plans include opening up and pedestrianising the area around the existing fountain and replacing it with an accessible water feature.
The Town Hall Campus transformation programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood in the heart of the borough, refurbish cherished historic buildings and open up the Campus to the public. In doing so, it will transform the way the Council operates and delivers services to residents.
The Council’s project and design team will be available during the session to answer questions about phase one and there will be an opportunity to submit feedback on the proposals.
Consultation follows an engagement event, which took place in June on the Town Hall Campus, detailing the first phase of proposals. Following this, a formal submission was made to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) in early August 2019. The planning application reflects comments received during the first engagement session in June.
Following the planning submission, the formal consultation process is now underway. This provides stakeholders with the opportunity to review the submission documents and provide any comments they wish to make on the planning and listed building consent applications. A second engagement session for phase one will be held in September and will be confirmed shortly.
Phase 2 of the programme includes over 300 homes, 50% of which will be affordable, comprehensive landscaping, new park space, commercial space and moving the majority of council staff from other Council buildings across the borough onto the one site. There will also be the opportunity to attend consultations for phase two of the project at a later date. The Council has commenced the procurement process to secure a development partner and a preferred bidder is expected to be in place early next year.
Councillor Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, says: “A project like this really does only happen once in a lifetime. It is not only an opportunity to build genuinely affordable homes for residents but to create a whole new community in the Chapel End ward”.
“To ensure this development provides benefits for all, we want to speak to as many people as possible, to hear a wide range of views on the proposals. if you want come and find out more about this transformative project, then come down and have your say.”
Please comment here to let us know your thoughts on the planning application. The consultation closes at midnight on Friday 27 September.