by James Wood Mon 14 December 2015, 12:10 pm
The developer Countryside has won planning permission to build 436 homes at the Marlowe Road estate in Walthamstow.
Of these, 150 will be council homes available for social rent – these will replace existing homes, which will be demolished. Residents of the site will be given the chance to move into a new home at Marlowe Road or move elsewhere in the borough, according to the developer.
The additional 286 homes will include 40 available through shared ownership and the remainder will be for private sale. The homes will be a range of sizes, from four bedroom family houses with private gardens, to maisonettes and apartments with terraces or balconies. Community and commercial space will also be developed, featuring an improved Co-operative store, a post office and other retailers.
Located to the north of Wood Street station and to the east of Walthamstow town centre, the work will be carried out in five phases with building work expected to start in the spring or summer of next year (2016). Stitch Architects put forward the design proposal for the scheme, which features tree-lined streets with landscaped open spaces.
Richard Cherry, chief executive of Countryside’s Partnerships division, said: “It is great news to have been given the go ahead for our plans for Marlowe Road and we look forward to getting on with the delivery of this new and improved neighbourhood. The new scheme will bring with it high quality housing for local people, as well as a much improved public realm with safe and inviting open spaces for the local community to enjoy.”
Marlowe Road Estate was identified as the highest priority for regeneration in the council’s Estates Review in 2010.
Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing at Waltham Forest Council, said: “The issues with Marlowe Road have been long-standing and the scope of the scheme underlines the wholesale changes that were required to reclaim this community and provide it with the housing it requires.
“It may seem that the planning consent is just the start of this journey, but for those of us involved, and not least the residents, this is just the latest milestone in a process that has been developed over many years.”
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