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As part of the plans, and the Council’s commitment to improving housing stock, 150 Council homes will be demolished and re-built and an additional 280 new homes will be created. Negotiations are underway for the Council to buy 40 of these new homes so that residents can purchase them through shared ownership.
The redevelopment of Marlowe Road Estate and the Wood Street Plaza area will rejuvenate the area to the north of Wood Street station and see it transformed as a new heart for the District Centre, by improving the quality of the public realm, removing the sense of isolation in the estate and creating new pedestrian friendly connections from Wood Street to Walthamstow Village and Walthamstow Central.
The project will see the demolition of all the existing buildings, with the exception of the Northwood Tower, to make way for a new street-based integrated neighbourhood, with the re-designed Plaza at its heart.
The new homes proposed will be a rich mix, providing for a variety of residents, from four bedroom family houses with private gardens, to maisonettes and apartments with roof terraces, courtyard gardens, and generous balconies. Homes will be efficiently designed to maximise style and practicality. As well as a high standard of housing, the new scheme will include a diverse retail offer, together with active, safe and inviting green spaces, good connections, and attractive community facilities.
Countryside, Waltham Forest Council and Stitch Architects, have been working alongside existing local residents and stakeholders on the detailed design proposals in an extensive programme of engagement and consultation, since Countryside were selected as development partners in September 2014. A planning decision is expected in the early autumn, and if approved, it is expected that building works will commence later in the year, taking around six years to complete.
Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside’s Partnerships division, said: “We were encouraged with the response and co-operation of the local community and stakeholders during our consultation process, and we believe our plans and vision for Marlowe Road will transform the area, providing much-needed quality new homes, and creating a place where people choose to live, work and visit.
“The focus of the new scheme will be on bringing back traditional tree-lined streets that link well with the surrounding area, with attractive frontages, providing well-defined spaces for the local community to enjoy.”
Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing at Waltham Forest Council, comments: “The regeneration of Marlowe Road represents a major opportunity for the area, and we are excited that plans are now moving forward to start fulfilling its potential as an attractive and popular new neighbourhood in Walthamstow. The site is conveniently located, just a short walk from the town centre, and next to Wood Street station, in an area that will undoubtedly benefit from our regeneration investment programme. We believe the new proposals offer a dynamic solution that will bring about the creation of a diverse and lively new neighbourhood.”
Proposals also include over 1,000sqm of new commercial space, to accommodate an improved Co-Operative store, a local Post Office, and other new retailers and community uses. The plans are expected to be considered by the Waltham Forest Planning Committee at a later date, which is likely to be in the Autumn.