Invest in Waltham Forest


We’re shaping Waltham Forest to unlock its potential.

Our borough is vibrant and distinctive, making it a fantastic place to explore, live and invest. With more green space than any borough north of the Thames and great transport connections to the city and beyond, it’s a place that people want to call home.

Named by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as London’s first Borough of Culture 2019, we are prioritising embedding culture into our regeneration and growth strategy and recognising the importance of culture in place making.

This accolade will bring more positive investment to Waltham Forest with an additional £5m invested in culture for the benefit of all our residents. It will boost our economy,  create jobs and opportunities to grow skills, and encourage our young people to see culture as an exciting and rewarding career.

The attention, prestige and spotlight of the London Borough of Culture programme offers a unique opportunity; one we are keen to capitalise on with the support of our partners. It isn’t just about 2019; it’s about creating a cultural legacy for our borough and our residents.

We want to protect and conserve our heritage, ignite our creativity, and invest in new infrastructure to help improve the lives of our residents. We plan to deliver nearly 18,000 new homes over the next ten years, along with the essential services and supporting infrastructure required to accommodate our new and existing residents.

To make this happen we need investors, developers and businesses to join us in shaping our borough for the future.

We are the home of the people who make and create. 

We’re ready. Are you?

About us Click to get info

  • Great location: minutes from the City and close to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Lee Valley, and Walthamstow Wetlands
  • Great connections: 15 minutes to Central London with overground and underground rail connections, close to major airports of Stansted, London City, and Luton, and road links via major arterial motorways including A406, M11, M25.
  • Great culture: we are London's first Borough of Culture. Landmarks include the William Morris Gallery and Vestry House that attract local and international visitors​
  • A changing demographic: 56 per cent of residents in work are ABC1s. In a population of 271,000 the average age of residents is under 35, a third are under 25
  • Investment ready with planning frameworks in place, a new Design Charter adopted and a new team ready to do business

Our plans Click to get info

  • To build nearly 18,000 new homes over the next ten years
  • Continued investment in infrastructure with plans for improved town centres with new public realm, bigger schools, a new leisure centre and parks improvements
  • £27million Enjoy Waltham Forest programme to transform cycling and walking
  • Designated Housing Zones set to bring thousands of homes and jobs
  • Land available now with brownfield and council owned assets released

Awards Click to get info

We are setting industry standards for our programme of reshaping the borough. Together with our partners, our regeneration projects have been recognised for the following awards.  

High Street Improvements

2012/13 London Planning Awards, Best Town Centre Project, Leyton Town Centre Waltham Forest, Waltham Forest Council with Waltham Forest Business Board, Lee Valley Estates and Jan Kattein Architects

Enjoy Waltham Forest (Mini-Holland) Scheme

2018 Institute of Civil Engineers Awards, Award for Community Benefit (winner),
2018 London People’s Choice Award (winner)
2016 Sustainable City Awards, Transport and Travel (winner)
2015 Cycle Planning Awards, Best innovation - use of technology or new technique (winner)
2015 London Cycling Awards, Space for Cycling, Walthamstow Village Mini-Holland trial improvements(winner)

In 2014, Waltham Forest Council was awarded £27million by Transport for London for the Mini-Holland Programme, to radically improve the borough making it a great place to live, work and travel around.

This fantastic three year funded programme has transformed the borough, making it more cycle friendly and encouraging more people to take up cycling and walking while improving air quality and easing traffic congestion.

Solum Regeneration

2014 What House? Best Partnership Scheme, Network Rail and Kier Property

The first phase of the regeneration of Walthamstow Central Station has delivered new homes, a Travelodge hotel and new retail units.

Phase 1 of the £20 million regeneration scheme was completed in 2014 and has delivered a range of station improvements.

Phase 2 of regeneration at Walthamstow Central Station is underway and includes:

  • Reinforcing the station as a gateway into Walthamstow
  • Provision of more shops and create more jobs
  • Enhancing the station entrance along Selborne Road
  • Delivering environmental improvements
  • Creating 79 new residential apartments
  • Help further boost regeneration of the town centre

The Scene

2016 Placemaking Awards, Design Excellence, Pollard Thomas Edwards (nominated)
2016 Placemaking Awards, Regeneration, Pollard Thomas Edwards (nominated)
2016 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Community Benefit (nominated)
2016 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Regeneration (nominated)
2015 British Home Awards, Mixed-Use Development, Pollard Thomas Edwards / Hill and London Borough of Waltham Forest (commended)
2015 House builder Awards, Best Regeneration Initiative, Hill, London Borough of Waltham Forest, ISHA and Pollard Thomas Edwards
2015 House builder Awards, Best design for four storeys or more, Hill, London Borough of Waltham Forest, ISHA and Pollard Thomas Edwards 2015 National Housing Awards, Overall Winner, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association
2015 National Housing Awards, Best Regeneration Project, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association
2015 What House? Best Development (Gold), Hill
2015 What House? Best Brownfield Development (Gold), Hill
2015 What House? Best Partnership Scheme (Silver), Hill

A £24 million development in Cleveland Place, Walthamstow, The Scene transformed the area into a housing and entertainment precinct delivering a 1,200 seat cinema, five restaurants and a community of 121 new homes, more than half of which is affordable housing.

Walthamstow Stadium

2015, Considerate Constructors Gold Award, Walthamstow Stadium, Quadrant Construction

Walthamstow Wetlands

2018 London Planning Awards, Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking (winner)
2018 New London Architecture Awards, People’s Choice Awards (winner)
2018 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards, London Award (winner)
2012 London Planning Awards, Best Conceptual Project

Walthamstow Wetlands was the winner of 2012 London Planning Awards under the 'Best Conceptual Project' category. This prestigious award was given out by the Mayor who referred to the Wetlands as ‘London’s best kept secret’.

The project transformed  the site into an urban wetlands nature reserve offering opportunities for accessing and learning about wildlife and nature conservation, volunteering, training, walking, cycling, fishing, and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a unique space in the heart of North East London.

Plans for the site have been developed in partnership with site owner, Thames Water and stakeholder agencies including Natural England, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Environment Agency and the Greater London Authority.

William Morris Gallery

2013/14 London Planning Awards, Best Historic Building Management, William Morris Gallery and Gardens 2013 Museum of the Year

The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris, the world’s most influential designer. Housed in the Georgian villa that was his childhood home, it presents the world’s most comprehensive collection of his work through award-winning displays that delight visitors of all ages.

Other borough awards

2015 London in Bloom, Best London Village, Walthamstow Village in Bloom (Gold and Category Winner)

2016 Academy of Urbanism Great Street Award – Wood Street (Winner)

Contact us Click to get info

Talk to our experienced team about how you can invest in Waltham Forest.

Stewart Murray

Strategic Director, Economic Growth

Lucy Shomali 
Director of Regeneration and Growth

Jonathan Martin
Assistant Director, Investment and Delivery

Will Teasdale
Head of Strategic Regeneration

Darren Welsh 
Director of Housing and Growth