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£50m plan to redevelop Walthamstow Stadium gets green light

A £50 million plan to redevelop Walthamstow Stadium has been given the go-ahead by local planners.

Conran and Partners architects have drawn up the blueprint for redeveloping Walthamstow Stadium for developer London & Quadrant. The designs are aimed at helping tackle the area’s housing shortage while also preserving the site’s historic listed buildings.

The 294 homes built will be a balanced mix of private, intermediate and affordable housing.

Conran and Partners director Lee Davies said: “Our plan for the stadium site will deliver well-designed, affordable housing for local people in an area of real need. It will bring benefits to everyone living in the borough.

“We are also firmly committed to preserving the heritage of the site. We are bringing the listed buildings into long-term sustainable use for all ages within the community and will deliver a community-based development that will provide new homes, a modern leisure centre, children’s nursery, allotments and jobs.

“The development will also see this iconic heritage asset preserved and brought back to life for the wider community and future generations to appreciate and use.”

L&Q land director Mike Johnson said: “We are pleased that our proposals have been approved by Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee.

“This is an important milestone for the scheme and we look forward to beginning work as soon as we possibly can, subject to meeting the remaining conditions in the planning process.

“Our proposals offer a mix of 50 houses and 244 apartments providing high quality and much needed homes for people on a range of incomes.

“It would bring £50m worth of investment into the borough, including £3.8 million pounds in section 106 contributions which will be used to improve local leisure, health and transport facilities.

“It would preserve the heritage of this iconic and historic site for the long term. In addition our plans would create new opportunities, including 250 jobs and many apprenticeships.”

Conran won the contract to design the scheme in open competition. The award-winning practice has designed and seen built innovative housing schemes throughout the UK and is particularly experienced at delivering high quality affordable housing the public wants to buy, rent and live in.

The plans include a new leisure centre offering an extensive range of sporting activities. It will be set up as a community sports trust that will be run by the community for the community.

A children’s nursery will provide places for 80 children and there will also be a café and a crèche.

Parkland, play spaces, a public plaza and allotments are also incorporated in the plan for site that has stood empty and unused since 2008.

Conran and Partners is renowned for its sensitive and innovative approach to regeneration and has spearheaded acclaimed projects across London. Its vision will bring the heritage of the site into long-term use for the whole community.

The development will also provide more than £4 million in contributions to local education, health, leisure and highways improvements.

Conran’s architects have led the way in urban design both in the UK and internationally in the last decade and their collective design expertise has been used to create a flagship development for the capital.

The homes built will be a balanced mix of private, intermediate and affordable housing, constructed to high environmental sustainability standards.

The project’s outdoor facilities and design are unrivalled in North London and will benefit the whole community. They include a freely accessible skate/BMX park, an outdoor gym, trim trails (low-level fitness equipment for children), linked trails to Epping Forest and the Lea Valley, a sprint track and a 15m high climbing wall.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The Plan delivers very little affordable housing L&Q openly agree that this scheme will not supply the recommended 50% quota of social housing. The best estimate, in a plethora of confusing documents, appears to be 20% of which only 24 units are “affordable rent” and there is no social rented provision at all.

    The leisure facilities provided are nearly all provided locally, there is already a skatepark, at least 3 health and fitness centres and 3 nurseries nearby. Local residents disagree the plans are sensitive to the surrounding area and properties which are low level 2 storey compared to the 4,5,6,7,8 storey these plans provide.

    You are welcome to read residents concerns as laid out in our speeches.

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