Regeneration: Walthamstow High Street

Walthamstow High Street

Walthamstow Night Time Enterprise Zone Pilot 

Background

On Tuesday 10 September the Greater London Authority (GLA) announced that Walthamstow High Street had been chosen to be London’s first Night-Time Enterprise Zone.

This is a pilot project jointly funded by the Mayor of London and Waltham Forest Council, each providing £75,000. Download details of the proposals.

What is happening?

The pilot, which runs from October 2019 to January 2020, means the Council will work with local businesses to trial a range of ideas to boost evening activity, including:

  • Offer premises to test out new evening enterprises in a low-cost and flexible environment 
  • Produce a step-by-step guide on how to easily navigate planning and licensing for businesses looking to offer evening or night-time activities 
  • Create a small fund for existing local businesses and community organisations to help them cover costs of facilities required to host evening activities 
  • Run a reclaim your high street event to test out an alternative use of the high street in the evening
  • Crowdsource a printed and online map and event listing
  • Run a ‘shop local late’ campaign to encourage residents to support their local independent businesses and encourage local retailers to extend their operational times 

Our call out to businesses and creatives has brought some fantastic ideas for our ADVENTures event on Small Business Saturday, 7 December 2019.

Keep an eye open for details.

Working with you

As a part of this, we will be encouraging residents and local businesses to have their say on how to make Walthamstow High Street work better for them after 6pm. Please email: regeneration@walthamforest.gov.uk to share your views and ideas. 

Keeping you informed

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Walthamstow High Street is a vibrant, varied place of trade and focus for the Town’s communities and activities. It is the commercial heart of the borough and hosts Europe’s longest street market and is next to The Mall shopping centre.

The Council recognises the opportunity to facilitate positive, inclusive changes to the High Street to ensure the future of the market. We have been working with Matter Architecture  to develop and deliver improvements to the High Street area.

Initial pilot  schemes took place in summer 2019 along with engagement activities to gather feedback, with about 160 people sharing their views. Find more information about the proposals.

In the summer of 2018 artists, architects, designers and creatives from all backgrounds were invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in a design competition for an implementable temporary artistic intervention at the highly visible Rosebank Villas route to celebrate the distinctive character of Walthamstow High Street and Market and make a visible contribution to the public realm.

Twelve expressions of interest were submitted and a shortlist of six participants were chosen and each presented their ideas for interventions to the public on Sunday 16 September 2018 at the HighTide Festival site in Walthamstow Town Square.

The six shortlisted submissions came from:

  1. Barbara Weiss Architects
  2. BAT Studio
  3. Edward Crooks
  4. Farah Ishaq
  5. Kevin Smeeing  
  6. Neil Irons

People attending that meeting voted the concept put forward by Edward Crooks as their favourite scheme.

The concept put forward by Edward Crooks has since been developed into a feasible design that is being installed during Autumn 2019. 

The Design Competition was Funded by Great Place: Creative Connections, a programme supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Great Place Scheme is designed to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the local community.

Further details Click to get info

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Head of Area Regeneration, Zoe Sellers.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.