Town centres

Our aim is to support and promote retail, business, cultural, leisure and residential investment in our town centres that recognises their unique identities and invests in their future.

Waltham Forest’s town centres are the commercial and community hearts of the borough, adapting to new urban lifestyles and expectations to provide a range of activities, including shopping, social spaces, business networking and cultural activities.

Plans for growth and investment are underway to find new solutions for these growing urban centres that achieve the right mix of land uses and facilities to support existing and future resident and business communities.

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Priority actions Click to get info

Our key actions for realising this strategy are:

  1. Work with our key partners to achieve the planned investment and regeneration of Walthamstow town centre at the heart of the borough.
  2. Develop detailed plans for new centres at Lea Bridge and Blackhorse Lane.
  3. Undertake a programme of town centre heath checks, audit and action plans to support business growth, town centre management and new investment.
  4. Promote the unique characteristics of each town centre and capture the opportunities to invest and create even more vibrant centres, with a particular focus on arts, culture and music.
  5. Establish a Town Centre Initiatives Grant Fund to support new retail activity, markets, public realm improvements, arts interventions, activities and events.
  6. Adopt guidelines to support use of council and developer space for pop up shops and meanwhile uses including art and cultural installations.
  7. Review town centre retail planning policies and adapt them to support growth.
  8. Adopt a protocol for Town Centre Management setting out the standards for planning, licensing, building control and environmental health.

Bakers Arms Click to get info

Bakers Arms is a small district centre situated between Walthamstow and Leyton. It has benefited from an extensive programme of shopfront and public realm improvements in the last three years, helping support the range of independent retailers and national multiples present in the centre.

Bakers Arms - Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 349KB)

Blackhorse Lane Click to get info

Blackhorse Lane is a strategically important growth area situated within the Mayor’s Upper Lea Valley Opportunity Area.

It forms one of the council’s key regeneration areas both for housing development, employment and business growth. Blackhorse Lane has the potential to provide 2,500 new homes and 1,000 new jobs to 2025 as part of the comprehensive regeneration of the area, including new public open space, highway improvements, schools, community and shopping facilities, spaces for creative industries and links to the Walthamstow Wetlands.

The current and anticipated regeneration for the Blackhorse Lane area is supported by a strong planning policy framework which is set out in the Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan 2015 (pdf 5,376KB).

A number of key sites are being developed for housing and mixed uses with the Housing Zone designation offering a fantastic opportunity to help unlock the barriers to further development. The Housing Zone will also provide funding to help deliver a number of regeneration projects in support of the new housing including improvements to Blackhorse Road station and public realm improvements.

Some of the key sites and projects underway or in the pipeline include:

  • Mandora development providing new homes, student housing, shops and business space
  • Gnome House which provides a landmark mix of community and business space
  • Redevelopment of the former Standard Pub to provide a mixed-use development including replacement music venue
  • Legal & General’s proposals for a private rented sector housing development next to Walthamstow Wetlands
  • Developments at Sutherland Road bringing forward a mix of affordable and private housing as well as a new health centre
  • Council and GLA support for a cluster of creative industry uses along Blackhorse Lane and Sutherland Road, including Blackhorse Workshop and proposals for Uplands House and Lockwood Way as part of the recently secured £1.1m from the GLA’s London Regeneration Fund
  • The Council has prepared the Sutherland Road development brief which sets out parameters for the development of the Former Webbs Industrial Estate, owned by the GLA, and adjoining sites, to provide a mix of commercial space, new homes and a walking/cycling route connecting Sutherland Road with Blackhorse Lane.

Blackhorse Mills Click to get info

Background

Blackhorse Mills is the name for a mixed use development planned for Green Ferry Way, Walthamstow, in the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area.

What is planned?

The development includes:

  • 440 build to rent properties including 85 affordable homes.  
  • 2,000 sq metres of commercial and community space which could include a microbrewery, grocery store and start-up business units
  • an outdoor landscaped area for residents to enjoy, with more than 200 new trees and other plants separating the reservoirs from the buildings.

What happens when?

Construction work is underway.

The scheme is due for completion in December 2019.

Who is doing the work?

Legal and General is developing this site.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #EquipmentWorks  

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Blackhorse Point Click to get info

What is planned?

A mixed residential and commercial development is proposed for the commuter car park opposite Blackhorse Road Station.

What happens when?

Transport for London (TfL) will be closing the car park in autumn 2018.

A planning application is expected in summer 2018

Keeping you informed

Consultation meetings are planned for Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS on:

  • Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • Saturday 14 July 2018

Copies of the display boards used in the consultations can be viewed here.

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Cheney Row Park Click to get info

What is planned?

The design of the new park includes something for residents of all ages, including:

  • A wetland and nature-themed play-area for children
  • A special area for teenagers to use
  • A raised viewing platform offering views over the Walthamstow Wetlands and reservoirs
  • Improvements to the existing BMX track
  • A 0.4 km long cycle loop
  • An outdoor amphitheatre for events with tiered seats built into the mound surrounding the stage
  • An area where food trucks, coffee carts and ice cream vans can park during events
  • Improved entrances and new signs
  • Enhanced natural areas for plants and wildlife
  • Open spaces for informal use

Who is doing the work?

The Council’s Highways Department will be working on the entrances to the park.

Contractors for the other work will be appointed during 2018.

What happens when?

In March/April 2018 work will take place on the entrances including vegetation being cleared.

The other work will take place during summer 2018.

How you helped

Many residents and local organisations have already let us have their comments on the proposals and we have amended the scheme to take account of these.

How you can help in the future

We already have a number of community groups looking to run activities and events using the new facilities as well as individuals wanting to help look after the woodland areas and other parts of the park.

Representatives from those groups are meeting each month to discuss plans and you are welcome to join us. All meetings are on Tuesdays at Roger Ascham Primary School on:

  • 19 June
  • 17 July
  • 21 August
  • 18 September
  • 16 October
If you wish to come to one, or more, of these meetings please book online.

It’s really important that as many residents and community groups as possible get involved so if you are involved with a group that can use the park or you want to organise some activity or event as an individual, or group of friends, do let us know – just email Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Forthcoming events

If you wish to come along to any of these events at Cheney Row Park please book using the link provided.

Sunday 17 June 2018, 5am – 7.30am
Dawn Chorus

More details and reserve a place here

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 10am – 1pm
London National Park City Week

More details and reserve a place here.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #CheneyRowPark

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Programme Managers, Martha Lawson or Jimmy Jemal.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

What is planned?

The scheme was considered by planning committee in November 2016 and outline planning permission (subject to the S. 106 legal agreement) was granted in December 2017 granted for up to 730 new homes to be built on the site currently used by Bywaters.

The proposed scheme includes:

  • A new two-form entry primary school
  • Up to 4,500 sq metres of commercial space
  • A minimum of 21 per cent of the new homes will be affordable
  • £450,000 to help pay for transport improvements linking the site to the Olympic Park
  • £200,000 towards the cost of improving pedestrian and cycle routes on Orient Way
  • £475,000 towards cost of improving local bus services
  • £561,563 towards cost of planting new trees and improving public space
  • £212,900 towards cost of air quality monitoring and improvements
  • £112,500 towards provision of local employment and training provision as well as:
  • 25% of local labour throughout the built phase
  • 45 Apprentices, 10 existing and 35 new posts to be created, and 60 work placements to be provided
  • Opportunities for local firms to supply goods and services during the building work.
  • Replacing the existing storm water storage tanks

Who is doing the work?

A further planning application showing full details of the scheme (called “reserved matters”) will need to be submitted and approved before work can start on site.  Therefore at this stage, no contractor has yet been appointed.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #GatewayRoad  

More information is available from:

  • Bywaters, Associate Director Shared Services, Nicki Munoz.

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Central Parade Click to get info

Background

In late 2015 the Council informed residents of the pending, potential redevelopment at Central Parade.  On 5 November 2015 an initial demolition notice was served on all secure residential tenants and leaseholders within Central Parade. 

At the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 12 July 2016, approval was granted to commence a two stage design and build process to redevelop Central Parade, and to acquire back, all interests including shops and flats where possible by agreement.

During those discussions, an independent organisation called The Twentieth Century Society submitted an application for the building to be nationally listed. Historic England visited the site and on 18 October 2017 placed Central Parade on their register as a Grade II listed building of special architectural or historic interest. As a result, the Council has decided to reconsider the potential redevelopment of the building and revoke the demolition notice.

Updates for residents of Central Parade

A meeting for residents of Central Parade was held on 15 March 2018 to bring them up to date with the current position and to discuss how some of the immediate concerns with the property can be addressed, for example anti-social behaviour, parking management and waste collection.

What happens next?

The Council is working on a strategy to address some of the identified management issues with the property in the coming months. The Council is also considering options for improvements to the building and smaller-scale development. As proposals are developed there will be consultation with

residents and businesses at Central Parade as well as with stakeholders nearby.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #CentralParade

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Housing Officer for Central Parade if you are a tenant or residential leaseholder.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Chingford Click to get info

Chingford is an important district centre in the north of the borough with a range of independent shops and places to eat and drink, also benefiting from proximity to Epping Forest and access to the Overground network to Liverpool Street. The council is continuing to look at opportunities to improve the use of the Assembly Hall and Library.

Chingford -Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 423KB)

Chingford Mount Click to get info

The council invested £750,000 in public realm and building refurbishment at Albert Crescent in 2013 and is now working with local groups to identify opportunities for further improvements for shops, businesses and to public space to increase activity in one of the borough’s largest district centres.

Community initiatives have led to an Italian farmer’s market being established in the town centre. There are further opportunities for investment and development in Chingford Mount, including at the Sainsbury’s store and adjoining Hall Lane car park.

Chingford Mount -Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 823KB)

256 Church Road Click to get info

What is planned?

A total of 50 new homes are to be built on the corner of Church Road and Tallack Road, Leyton, consisting of:

  • Six apartments for affordable rent
  • Four apartments for shared ownership
  • 38 apartments and two houses for private sale

Who is doing the work?

Galliard Homes is delivering this project.

What happens when?

Work started in December 2017.

Piling is taking place until March 2018 using Continuous Flight Auger Piles (CFA), which involves drilling 20 metre deep holes into the ground and subsequently filling with concrete as this reduces vibration and disturbance.

Energy efficient LED lights have also been installed along the site hoarding to improve visibility for passers-by.

Work is due to be completed by December 2019 and the first homes occupied in spring 2020.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Spring 2018 – Waltham Forest Council
  • First Quarter 2018 – Galliard Homes

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #256ChurchRoad

More information is available from:

  • Galliard Homes (Construction) – 020 8418 1000
  • Galliard Homes (Leyton Sales Office) – 020 3409 6296
    • Sales Manager, Joel Faugh
    • Sales Manager, Richard Rosenthal
       
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Dunedin Road Click to get info

What is planned?

The plan is for 81 apartments and three houses to be built for Newlon Housing Trust on land adjacent to 132 Dunedin Road.

The proposed project includes:

  • Three houses for affordable rent
  • Eight apartments for affordable rent
  • 61 apartments for shared ownership
  • 12 apartments for private sale
  • 27 car parking spaces
  • 135 cycle parking spaces

Who is doing the work?

Hill Construction is building this project for Newlon Housing Trust.

What happens when?

Work started in February 2017.

During Spring 2018 windows are being installed, internal walls being built and brickwork cladding will start to wrap the buildings.

Building should be finished by February 2019 and first residents are due to move in by May 2019.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #DunedinRoad  

More information is available from:

  • Hill Construction Project Manager, Steve Matthews.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Equipment Works Click to get info

Background

Equipment Works is the name for the mixed use development planned on the Parkdale Industrial site, on Forest Road, Walthamstow, that is now owned by Telford Homes

What is planned?

The development includes:

  • 337 new homes including:
    • 32 for social rent
    • 48 affordable homes
    • 257 homes for private sale
  • a workspace building with 1,750 sq. metres of  business uses

What happens when?

Telford Homes is due to start demolition in autumn 2018.

Construction work is due to start in spring 2019

The scheme should be completed during 2020.

Who is doing the work?

Telford Homes is undertaking this project.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #EquipmentWorks  

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

4 to 10 Forest Road Click to get info

What is planned?

Planning permission has been granted for:

  • 350 new homes for students at London universities at 4 to 10 Forest Road.
  • a new cycle hub
  • commercial space

What happens when?

Work is due to start in summer 2018 and be completed by summer 2020.

Who is doing the work?

Watkin Jones is developing this site.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #4ForestRoad   

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

What is planned?

This site will be the Mayor of London’s first 100 per cent affordable housing site which will replace the former Webbs Industrial Site.

What happens when?

Demolition of the existing buildings at Webbs Industrial Site is now completed.

A planning application is expected in November 2018 and subject to planning permission,  work will start on site in November 2019 and completed in 2023.

The scheme will to include workspace for local businesses, artist studios and public open space. A new pedestrian and cycle route will be created linking Sutherland Road to Blackhorse Lane.

Who is doing the work?

The Mayor of London has appointed its development partner Catalyst Homes and Swan Housing is the affordable housing provider.

Keeping you informed

Consultation with residents and businesses will take place before the planning application is decided.

The first consultation meetings are being held at Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS on:

  • Tuesday 12 June, 4pm until 8pm
  • Tuesday 12 June, 4pm until 8pm

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #WebbsSite

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Gyratory Click to get info

Background

As Waltham Forest continues to grow, we are working hard to ensure that the transport network in the town centre can support growth and that everyone can get around easily.

The Council is working closely with Transport for London to transform the ‘Walthamstow gyratory’ junction of Hoe Street and Selborne Road to make the town centre a more pleasant, accessible and safer area for everyone.

What is happening?

The first stage of work to install a new bridge to replace the Victorian-era structure at the junction of Hoe Street and Selborne Road is now completed.

Waltham Forest Council, working with Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail, is now starting the work needed to allow traffic to start using the bridge.

The main works on the bridge over the railway line started in January 2018 and are expected to last until the end of summer 2018.

On the west side of Hoe Street these will include:

  • Setting up a workers’ compound in First Avenue for the contractors who will carry out the highway works
  • Installation of new traffic islands and signal infrastructure
  • Road resurfacing
  • Footway, kerb and highway drainage alterations
  • Construction of northbound segregated cycle lanes
  • Introduction of traffic onto the new bridge for general traffic movements
  • Temporary traffic management measures including barriers, cones and temporary traffic lights will be put in place to help keep vehicles moving safely. 

When the main highway works on the western side of Hoe Street are completed, work will start on the eastern side of Hoe Street and will include:

  • Installation of new traffic islands and signal infrastructure
  • Road resurfacing
  • Improved pedestrian and highway lighting
  • Footway, kerb and highway drainage alterations
  • Construction of segregated cycle lanes
  • Improvements to public areas, including benches and planters
  • Temporary traffic management measures including barriers, cones and temporary traffic lights will be put in place to help keep vehicles moving safely. 

As part of these works the cycle access ramp from St Mary Road will be closed until summer 2018 to ensure a safe environment for cycles whilst the construction is underway.

Working with you

During 2018 the Council will be asking local residents, businesses and road users to help decide on the final look and feel of the public areas.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #gyratory

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Programme Manager, Mark Bland.

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Highams Park Click to get info

Highams Park is a small district centre with access to the Overground network and home to a range of small independent retailers as well as a large Tesco supermarket and associated mixed-use development.

The council secured £100,000 New Homes Bonus (top-slice) funding from the GLA to make improvements to shop fronts and install artwork in the centre of Highams Park, which was completed at the end of 2016.

We’re also working with local groups on the preparation of a neighbourhood plan, potential improvements to the local park and proposals to reopen the Regal Cinema.

Highams Park - Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 303KB)

Background

Originally a sports ground in the 1920s it stopped being used for sport during the 1980s, with the pavilion continuing to be used during the 1990s.

What is planned?

The current project will provide first class facilities for residents, schools and local sports clubs to use and includes:

  • Two floodlit all-weather sports pitches
  • A 60 metre running track
  • A fitness trail
  • Four beach volleyball courts
  • A pavilion including a café, changing facilities, flexible space for community use and an office
  • 40 growing beds
  • Appropriate landscaping

Who is doing the work?

We have appointed Wilmott Dixon as the contractor to deliver this project.

Construction work is scheduled to take place Monday to Friday, 8am until 6pm.

The site team is led by Build Manager, Ed Bryant,

You can contact the site team by email or ring them on 07855 008933.

What happens when?

Work is underway on the site now and it is scheduled to open in summer 2018.

The topping out ceremony took place on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

How you helped

More than 200 people took part in the consultation about facilities to be provided and comments made helped shape the planning application for this project.

Parking restrictions

No waiting restrictions are being enforced on one side of Ive Farm Lane to allow construction traffic to access the site. The restrictions apply Monday to Friday, 8am until 4pm, and your help keeping the access road clear is much appreciated.

Future meetings

Details of future meetings for residents will be added here when known and you will be able to book your free place here.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • November 2017

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #IveFarm

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Programme Manager, Mark Adams
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

The Council has developed the Lea Bridge and Leyton Vision (Lea Valley Eastside), showing opportunities for how the area could change over the next 10 years, with the potential to deliver up to 4,000 new homes and 300,000 m2 of retained, improved and enhanced business space. 

Lea Bridge and Leyton are situated just to the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on the edge of the Lee Valley Regional Park. The area provides access to significant swathes of green space and leisure facilities and has fantastic accessibility through both underground and overground rail services, including the national rail station at Lea Bridge, which reopened in May 2016, providing direct links to Stratford and Tottenham Hale.

A consultation exercise including a series of public exhibitions was carried out over an 8 week period earlier in this year. The council approved the amended vision at the Cabinet meeting in June 2017. The report can be accessed here.

The Vision covers three key areas in Lea Bridge, Church Road, and Leyton and will be used to inform the Local Plan review, which is under way.

Lea Bridge and Leyton Station Sites

The Council are seeking views from residents, local businesses, and community groups on initial proposals for the three Lea Bridge Station Sites. The Council are at the early stages of development proposals for the sites and as such, this represents the early stages of public engagement for this specific site, following the conclusion of the broader consultation undertaken in respect of the Lea Bridge & Leyton Vision.

An initial brief has been developed with BPR Architects and AR Urbanism and is summarised on the presentation boards (3.8MB PDF). These boards were presented at the public engagement event held at Sybourn Primary School on 2 December 2017. Please use the feedback form (160KB PDF) to provide your comments on these initial proposals. The feedback received will be used in appointing a delivery partner and further developing design proposals. The form includes full details on how you can send your feedback to the Council. Please submit your feedback by 17 January 2018.

The process of consultation and engagement for these three sites will be on-going with several additional opportunities for the local community to engage in the process prior to the formal planning consultation. At present, it is anticipated that an application for planning will be submitted during the Summer of 2019. For further information please contact Mark.Adams@Walthamforest.gov.uk or Ana.Lopez@Walthamforest.gov.uk

Newsletters

You can download copies of recent newsletters here:

97 Lea Bridge Road Click to get info

What is being developed?

300 new homes are currently being built on the site and featuring lower blocks around a central courtyard and three tall buildings of 18, 15 and 12 storey along Argall Way. 

The scheme has 28% affordable homes of which 38 will be affordable rent (i.e. up to 80% of market rents) and 46 for shared ownership.

226 flats will be for private sale.

The new homes will consist of a mix of sizes with studios (4%), 1 bedroom (27%), 2 bedrooms (59%) and 3 and 4 bedrooms (10%).

The development will also include:

  • 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail space
  • A gym
  • 60 car parking spaces
  • 2 car club spaces
  • 540 cycle parking spaces

Who is doing the work?

Hill Construction in a joint venture with PeabodyTrust. Find out more here.

What happens when?

The demolition has been completed and basement slabs are being laid during Spring 2018.

Drainage works at the front of the site is due for completion in Spring 2018.

The first phase should be completed and occupied during 2019 with all work finished during 2020.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Spring 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #97LeaBridge

More information is available from:

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Leyton Cricket Ground Click to get info

What is planned?

The Grade II Listed Victorian Cricket Pavilion building and the adjacent ‘tin hut’ to be conserved and developed as a real-food hub open to the public.

The proposed project includes:

  • A restaurant
  • A café with training kitchen, serving locally sourced food
  • A food market selling local produce

Who is doing the work?

Following first stage funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, details of the proposal are now being fully developed.  We have just appointed a project manager, but are not yet at a stage to appoint contractors to do the works..

What will happen when?

A second stage submission will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund board in the summer of 2019. Heritage, food and sport related activities will start on the site in late 2019 in the run up to the opening of the main facility.

It is estimated that building conservation works will be completed by the summer of 2021.

How you have helped

Following feedback from local residents and businesses a detailed plan for the hub, along with a programme of community activities, will be developed.

How you can help in the future

Residents will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and opinions at key stages throughout the project.

There will also be many volunteering opportunities and we hope residents and local businesses become involved in shaping the project to ensure that it meets the needs of the local community.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #LeytonSportsGround  #LeytonCricketGround   

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Heritage Programme Manager, Tyler McGill.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Leytonstone Click to get info

Leytonstone is the borough's second largest town centre, benefiting from proximity to open space at Wanstead Flats and transport access via the Central Line, Overground and A12.

In recent years, the council has invested in improvements to the public realm, particularly around the station and along the High Road, as well as in the recently completed renovation of Leytonstone Library Plus. This has helped encourage a mix of businesses to set up in the town centre, including a variety of places to eat and drink, as well as three distinct markets.

A place-shaping strategy has recently been prepared and will set out how the council will work to secure further investment in the town centre and bring forward development of key sites, including:

  • around the Matalan store
  • around the Tesco's store
  • Church Lane car park and other sites at the underground station
  • Network Rail land at Joseph Ray Road

The council has also secured £500,000 of New Homes Bonus (top-slice) funding from the GLA for shop front and public realm improvements south of Leytonstone High Road Overground Station, investing in an area which benefits from proximity to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Crossrail stations at Maryland and Forest Gate from 2019.

See plans for Leytonstone town centre in our place-making and delivery strategy (pdf 7948KB)

Section by section in detail:

Leytonstone - Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (PDF 536KB)

Mandora Site Click to get info

Background

A significant part of this site has already been developed:

  • Gnome House, a new community arts centre which opened in May 2015.  It provides local residents with a large community and creative space used for conferences, exhibitions, parties, weddings and performances. A meeting room is also available for hire and there is also has a printmaking studio called Inky Cuttlefish on the ground floor and a new café.
  • Mannequin House which houses 517 students from universities across London and new commercial units on the ground floor
  • ‘Fizzy Living’ has delivered 111 private rented sector homes
  • The Blackhorse Lane entrance to a new linear park has been completed
  • A new central energy centre has been built that will provide hot water and heating for this and neighbouring new developments.

What is planned?

The Eclipse residential development will provide 507 homes, of which 40 will be shared ownership and 24 will be affordable rent.

What happens when?

Work has started and is due to be completed during 2020.

Who is doing the work?

Taylor Wimpey is developing this site.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #MandoraSite

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Jimmy Jemal
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

The Mall Click to get info

Background

The plans to redevelop the Mall in the heart of Walthamstow were approved by Waltham Forest Council Planning Committee in December. 

The decision was agreed by the Mayor of London in March 2018.

The development will bring significant investment and opportunity to businesses and residents alike.

It will bring £200 million of private investment, provide 8,000 sq metres of new retail space, 350 new permanent retail jobs, 500 new homes, a new children’s play area and re-landscaped town square.

New Shopping Mall

The Mall will bring 8,000 sq metres of new retail space

The new Mall will deliver shopping units designed for major retailers alongside small local independent stores.

Redeveloping the Mall will give residents the choice of shopping locally, rather than travelling to shopping areas in Stratford and further afield.

The plans for an increase in retail businesses at the Mall will create 350 new permanent jobs in the area.

New Housing

Capital & Regional, which owns the Mall, has plans to build up to 502 new homes over the redeveloped Mall.

An increase in the level of affordable housing from 20% to 30% has been achieved following negotiations between the Greater London Authority, Waltham Forest Council and the developer.

An additional £7.3 million contribution from the development will be used to build new homes for affordable rent in Walthamstow, ensuring we deliver the Council’s priority of delivering truly affordable new homes.

The Council is looking at the potential for its housing development company Sixty Bricks to support delivery of the additional affordable rent homes linked to the Mall

First priority for all affordable homes built in the borough will go to residents.

New Town Square

The current Town Square is not fit for purpose. It is outdated, badly designed and a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

The new Town Square will have an increased number of trees and be designed to create a space better suited for outdoor events.  Waltham Forest Council has agreed that for every tree removed from the site five more will be planted elsewhere in the Borough, to help the Council reach 50,000 trees in the borough.

The new children’s play area will be built taking in the views of the Kids Committee made up of local families in Walthamstow.

New Jobs

The scheme will create 350 new permanent retail jobs.

When construction is taking place there will be around 500 jobs created, including some apprenticeships.

Walthamstow Central Station

As part of the agreement to redevelop the Mall, Transport for London has also agreed to spend £15 million to improve Walthamstow Central Station by creating a new entrance that will increase accessibility and reduce overcrowding.

Disruption to the Mall and the Station

We expect both the shopping centre and the station to remain open during the development of these new facilities.

Closing them would involve huge disruption to many people. Although this presents challenges during construction, we are confident any disruption will be minimal.

Who is Capital & Regional?

Capital & Regional has owned the Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow for more than 20 years.

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What is planned?

The new Score Centre site development, on Council owned land, will provide a significant number of new homes contributing to the borough’s housing need, many of them affordable. It will also deliver an attractive civic square with shops and cafes, commercial space, a health centre and an enhanced sports and leisure centre with community facilities including, meeting rooms and a nursery.

The existing outdoor sports facilities and the food growing beds to a new sports ground at nearby Ive Farm Fields which will have two artificial pitches, a 60 metre running track, international beach volleyball courts, a fitness trail and a pavilion with a café and community room. Ive Farm is on site and will be opening in summer 2018.

Who is doing the work?

The Council will be leading the redevelopment of the site but has selected Taylor Wimpey as its development partner for the delivery of this project.

Included in the partnership are Home Group (a housing association), Fizzy Living (a private rented housing provider),  Pollard Thomas Edwards  (architects), dRMM (architects), LA Architects, grant associates (Landscape and public realm designers),POINT (daylighting and sunlighting advisers) GVA (Planning consultants), AECOM (Engineering consultants), CGMS (Archaeological specialists) and CBRE (Property and valuation advisers).

What happens when?

The next steps will be the development of detailed proposals, a programme of public engagement and the preparation of a planning application which is scheduled to be submitted in early 2019.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

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More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Programme Manager, Mark Adams
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

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What is planned?

Planning permission has been given to create:

  • a new basement music venue, including a bar and café, which will hold an audience of up to 500 people
  • 50 new homes for private sale
  • large retail shop

What happens when?

The owners, Turkish Food Centre, have recently marketed the site and are currently considering tenders.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

  • Summer 2018

Further details

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More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Manager, Jimmy Jemal

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

What is planned?

Around Lea Bridge Station, we want to create a local centre, with a real sense of place and character, and which is not so traffic dominated and both existing and new residents can enjoy. Improvements are already underway through the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme and a new development of 300mhomes is on site at 97 Lea Bridge Road

On three Council owned sites around the station, proposals are at an early stage to provide:

  • around 300 much needed homes, including a high proportion of affordable homes;
  • a new station entrance with a public space;
  • cultural, creative and commercial uses.

Site One would have the new station entrance, the public space and a tall building of around 22 storeys.

Site Two would have the cultural, creative and commercial space, some town houses, and flats in a four to six storey building.

Site Three would have a local energy centre and a tall building of around 14 storeys.

The Council will shortly be seeking a development partner through a competitive tendering process to deliver the scheme based on a Development Brief setting out our requirements.

Who is doing the work?

The Council is preparing the Development Brief with specialists BPR Architects and AR Urbanism and informed by recent public engagement.

What happens when?

Initial public engagement took place last December and January and the results of that engagement will be published in March 2018.

Public engagement is continuing at the Lea Bridge Community Ward Forum and through meetings with local stakeholders such as the People’s Plan for Lea Bridge Station Sites group.

It is expected that a Development Partner will be appointed early in 2019. This will be followed by further public engagement as detailed development and design proposals come forward.

A planning application is the likely to be submitted in the Summer of 2019 following pre application consultation, and then be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee and the Mayor of London towards the end of the year.

Should the planning application be approved, it is estimated work on Phase 1 would start on site in the summer of 2020.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters here:

Further details

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More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Programme Manager, Mark Adams.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

St James Street, which is located at the Western end of Walthamstow High Street, used to have dilapidated buildings and the local economy was struggling.

Many of the buildings are art deco and date as far back as 1929.

The Council worked with local businesses and residents to create a £2.9 million regeneration programme for the area which was completed in September 2017.

What work was done?

The investment to the area helped repair and improve 59 properties and restore a number of historic features.

This included restoring the original brickwork as well as removal of unnecessary signage and clutter, installation of new shopfronts, and architectural lighting to landmark buildings.

It also transformed the St James St/High Street junction to improve access with new heritage paving and lighting columns, benches, landscaping, shared pedestrian/cyclist crossings and measures to encourage and give priority to pedestrians/cyclists.

The St James Street Business Forum was set up, with bespoke business support and training given to 36 local businesses to help the improve the way they market and run their business

The scheme has also helped create employment and training opportunities for local residents, with the creative of two work experience placements and 22 people volunteering, including six gaining skills in oral history.

Who paid for the work?

The funding included a grant of £1.46million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £1.36million from the Council. Freeholders and Leaseholders also contributed £90,000 and 22 volunteers gave their time to the scheme which equated to £8,000.

How you helped

Twenty-two volunteers donated time worth an estimated £8,000 for the scheme.

Many more people responded to the consultations which took place before the work began.

The project also worked with Mission Grove Primary School to deliver heritage awareness activities to 90 pupils.

Future meetings

Details of future meetings for residents will be added here when known and you will be able to book your free place here.

Keeping you informed

You can download copies of newsletters with information on the scheme here:

  • Summer 2017
  • Winter 2016

Further details

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More information is available from:

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Walthamstow is the main town centre and a key growth area in the borough. It is also a major centre in London, benefiting from excellent transport links to central London – 14 minutes on the Victoria Line to Kings Cross and 19 minutes on the Overground to Liverpool Street, with easy access to both Stratford and Stansted Airport via Tottenham Hale. 

Walthamstow has seen some exciting changes recently. Key sites developed include The Scene, a complex with a cinema, restaurants and new homes, the Solum II Station development, with a hotel and homes, and the first phase of refurbishment of the former EMD Granada Cinema. In addition, the council has invested in improving public spaces and shop fronts at the both ends of the High Street and along Hoe Street. Council-led Heritage Lottery Fund improvements to buildings and public realm at St James Street are currently underway and due for completion in summer 2017.

New activities for residents and visitors to enjoy include the council and GLA-supported Night Feast and the Central Parade, a creative workspace and business hub in the heart of Walthamstow with an in house bakery and cafe.

Future investment in Walthamstow includes the development of proposals and delivery plans for key council-owned sites such as Central Parade, Juniper House, the Town Square, including its relation to proposed Mall development, Walthamstow Library, South Grove and Chestnuts House. The council is also committed to facilitating development of proposals and delivery plans for key third party owned sites, which include The Mall, EMD Cinema, Overground Station/Solum Phase 2, South Grove/ Brunner Road and Central House (Strettons).

The Walthamstow Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) is important for the future of the town centre. It will guide and shape its development. This includes the potential for 2,000 new homes, the 90,000 sq ft. Mall extension and a mix of leisure, community and business space.

The council has prepared a further place-shaping strategy to articulate how development could be brought forward.

Walthamstow - Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 441KB)

Newsletters

You can view previous editions of the Walthamstow Town Centre newsletter:

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The council has delivered a comprehensive programme of public realm, shop front and business improvements to Wood Street using a mix of funding. The district centre benefits from access to the Overground network and is home to a variety of independent retailers as well as the community arts collective Wood Street Walls whose work is seen across the borough and is working with the council and GLA to secure studio space.

In late 2016, Wood Street won the ‘Great Street’ Award, an international accolade from the Academy of Urbanism. Wood Street is a fine example of how council and local resident groups and local businesses have worked together and made a real difference to the area.

The Marlowe Road estate regeneration project will see a major development at the heart of the town centre delivered by Countryside Properties working with the council.

Wood Street - Town centre strategy and delivery plans 2016-20 (pdf 525KB)